The Flat Stanley Project

Happy Friday, my friends! Smile

In Monday’s post, I shared a few pictures that had a strange little man in them.  Since I have such smart readers, many of you knew right away that the guy showing up in my pictures was the one and only (or one in a million … whatever) Flat Stanley!

If you don’t know anything about Flat Stanley, you can learn more about him by clicking on this link.  My friend’s daughter, Sophie, was participating in the Flat Stanley project and they wanted to send Flat Stanley to someone living in another state (they live in Ohio).  So I became the lucky recipient of Sophie’s Flat Stanley!

Here’s a summary of the letter that came with Flat Stanley:

“Dear Kristin (no one can ever spell my name properly Smile with tongue out),

My class is reading the book, Flat Stanley.  The story is about a boy who becomes flat and has many adventures.  I would like you to help me out with a class project.  I made a Flat Stanley for you to take on an adventure, or many adventures.  You may take him anywhere!  He can go to work with you, shopping, to visit a friend, out to eat with you or just on a walk around the neighborhood.  When he is done, I would like you to write a letter or journal about his experiences.  Our class LOVES pictures too, so if you want to take pictures of Stanley out and about during his time with you that would be wonderful; but you don’t have to.  At school we are going to map out where Stanley has gone and hang our pictures and letter on a Bulletin Board in the hallway for others to enjoy.  Thanks for helping me out with this project.”

Cute, right?  So how could I resist?

I really wanted to take Flat Stanley to some unique, fun locations.  However, that just didn’t happen.  I’ve been pretty busy with work, so I wasn’t able to be as creative as I wanted to be.  But I hope Sophie and the rest of her class still enjoy hearing about Flat Stanley’s experience in Atlanta!

So here’s my letter back to the school, with the corresponding pictures below. Smile


Hello to Mrs. T’s class!

My name is Kristen. I had the pleasure of receiving Sophie’s Flat Stanley in the mail! I live in Atlanta, Georgia, so Flat Stanley had quite a long journey to come see me!

While Flat Stanley was in Atlanta, he had a great time, but he also worked hard, too! I am a school psychologist, so I work with kids like all of you. Flat Stanley came with me to school one day to help me work with kids (1). I think he liked being there, because it reminded him of being at school with all of you! On another day, I took Flat Stanley to my other job at Lifetime Fitness (2). Flat Stanley enjoyed exercising on the treadmills and running around with the children in the Child Center! He loves staying active … it’s what keeps him so fit and trim!

Don’t worry, Flat Stanley also had plenty of fun while he was in Atlanta! My husband and I took him to the park one day to watch kids play in the fountain (3). He loved watching all of the kids splash around in the water!

Flat Stanley sure loves to eat! We took him to a fun restaurant called Flip Burger (4,5). He ate onion rings and milkshakes with the rest of us! On another day, we let him share some frozen yogurt with us … he has a sweet tooth just like me (6)!

Every Sunday while Flat Stanley was in Atlanta, he came to church with us. We attend a church called Passion City Church, and Flat Stanley loved hearing our pastor, Louie Giglio, speak! He also loved helping serve at church, because we have a super fun group of volunteers (7)!

After all of that work and fun, Flat Stanley would get really tired! We’re living in a hotel right now, so Flat Stanley would spend each night curled up in the hotel’s big comfy bed (8)!

Even though Flat Stanley has been having a great time here in Atlanta, I think he has been missing all of you! So we are sending him back, with plenty of pictures so that he can remember his time in Atlanta!

Thank you for sharing Flat Stanley with us!

Love, Kristen (and Brandon!)









I’m sending the pictures and letter to Sophie’s class this weekend … hopefully they don’t find Stanley’s adventures too boring!  I’m thinking burgers and fro-yo might not be quite as exciting to a group of 6-year-olds as it is to me! Smile with tongue out 


And finally, here are some summer recipes that I’ve been drooling over this week.  Enjoy!

- Jessica at How Sweet It Is shared a recipe for Roasted Strawberry, Brie, and Chocolate Grilled Cheese.  I mean, come on.

- Amy at Fearless Homemaker wrote about Fresh Strawberry Whole Grain Donuts.  If they have strawberries and whole-grain in them, then eating 5 is perfectly acceptable, right?

- Kathy at Healthy Happy Life has a recipe for a Pink Lemonade Coconut Water Frosty.  It looks so delicious, you’d never suspect it’s actually good for you!

Have a great weekend, everybody!!

Question for ya …

Ever heard of Flat Stanley?  Ever participated in the project?

If you had a Flat Stanley sent to you, where would you take him?

What are you up to this weekend?

Have any summertime recipes to share?  Link up!

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25 Responses to The Flat Stanley Project

  1. Amy

    I could not resist reading this at 6:24am wondering who flat Stanley is and what was up from your last blog!! That sure was a special visitor!! How cool is that! The kids will def- love hearing all about his adventure :) Have a great weekend!!

    Question for ya!? So tomorrow is my niece and nephews Birthday party (shared) so does that mean I get to eat two pieces of cake one for each Birthday kid right? I just didn’t want to look bad :p. What would Kristen do? LOL

    • notsodomesticated

      Oh absolutely. Actually, if you really want to get specific, you should eat THREE pieces. One for each child, plus one for yourself! ;)

  2. Robby Mincks

    Thank you so much for taking such great care of Sophie’s Flat Stanley. Her class is going to love your letter and pics. I really miss you but am glad you are enjoying Atlanta.

    • notsodomesticated

      I miss you too! Thank you for letting Flat Stanley visit! ;)

  3. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    This is so adorable, Kristen! I’m sure the kids will love to see all of these pictures (and I especially loved the bit about Flat Stanley maintaining his fit & trim figure on the treadmills ;) ) You did a really great job with the response letter too– I’m sure they will love to know that they were missed!
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  4. Elizabeth @ Chocolate Drops and Pearls

    That’s such a fun school project! I’ve never heard of it before so thanks for sharing.
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  5. Kat

    I have NEVER heard such a thing, but what a great idea! I wouldve loved something like that as a kid :)
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  6. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    how cute!! what a fun idea. :) it looks like flat stanley got to go out for some yummy food, that’s for sure!
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  7. Yellow Haired Girl

    That’s so fun! I’ve definitely heard of Flat Stanley before – my mom works in an elementary school and I’m pretty sure some of her kids have done the exercise. I love the idea!
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  8. amy @ fearless homemaker

    oh my goodness, your flat stanley post is too cute! you are like that classes’ dream, taking flat stanley to so many great places + snapping pics of him. adorable!

    + thank you for featuring my donuts, friend. i admit that i ate more than i probably should’ve, since i convinced myself that they’re ‘healthy.’ whoops!

    have a great weekend!
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  9. Maren

    This looks like so much fun! I know all the kids will LOVE reading about all his atlanta adventures.
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  10. Aunt Loretta

    I just love you “kids”! You go out of your way to be a blessing to SO many! Brandon, you knew ahead of time what you were getting into with the “camera queen”, so no complains allowed for the rest of your life…it’s your “burden” to bear. Love you BOTH!

    • notsodomesticated

      Hahaha you’re so funny! :) Love you, too!! :)

  11. Michelle @ Nice Lil Saturday

    I’ve never heard of this but it is so cute!!! Reminds me of the Travelocity garden gnome. I keep threatening Paul that I’m going to get one and he keeps tell me no. Maybe I should just take some pictures of a gnome in our yard and send them to him in the mail with a letter ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha you’re right … it is like the Travelocity garden gnome! Too funny! :)

  12. Alex @ therunwithin

    My cousin did this and sent flat stanley to me last year!

  13. Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie

    So adorable that you took him everywhere with you! Thanks for linking up the recipes
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  14. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    I’ve never done the Flat Stanley project, but I know my coworkers in elementary have. If he came to visit me, I would take him out for sushi and froyo, and he would definitely have to attend a zumba class!
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  15. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    AHHH that is so cute! I have never heard of Flat Stanley so thank you for educating me!
    Those recipes you linked up are mouth watering! Thanks for sharing ;-) Have a great weekend!!
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  16. Amber with Slim Pickin's Kitchen

    So cute!!! So random too! I saw Michelle Pfeiffer talking about Flat Stanley on Ellen earlier this week!
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  17. Baking Serendipity

    Adorable! I’d never heard of this before…but kind of think he needs to see my drive across the country adventures in a few weeks :) Something tells me there will be a lot of frozen yogurt involved!
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  18. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    I have never heard of such a thing, but what a most wonderful idea! Thanks for educating me on this whole thing :)
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  19. 40 something in Paris

    I live in Paris, France and the daughter of my US friends sent us a Flat Stanley. We had so much fun taking him to all the momuments !

    • notsodomesticated

      Oh how fun! I bet your pictures were WAY more exciting than mine!! :)

  20. megpinkgiggles

    I have never heard of flat stanley before but that’s such a cute idea!
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