Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Adventures of Flat Stanley

A few weeks ago, my college friend Amy mentioned that some students at her school were learning about Flat Stanley. My minnies LOVE Flat Stanley and were so excited about taking him around town for a little visit.

Here's an excerpt of the carefully written letter that Andrea wrote to my minnies:
Our class read the book Flat Stanley. It is about an average boy who was flattened by a bulletin board. His family mailed him away for an adventure. I am mailing Flat Stanley to you so he can have an adventure. Please take him with you wherever you go.

We are studying communities and would love for you to take some photos to show us the types of communities Flat Stanley has visited. I will be sharing his adventure and tracking his adventures on a map. I hope you have fun with Stanley and thank you for helping with this project.

While he was with us, Flat Stanley visited the pool. It's so nice to go swimming in the winter! Unfortunately, he forgot his swimming trunks, but he had fun watching the minnies swim and kept me company while we sipped Diet Coke together.

We go to the Post Office almost every day. The minnies are so helpful with all of my packages and letters and love to go to the post office. All of the postal workers know my girls by name and they enjoyed meeting Flat Stanley. Here's one of our favorite ladies at the post office with Stanley.

Frederick is well known for the trompe l'oeil paintings in the Historic District. Trompe l'oeil painting is about fooling the eye into experiencing three dimensions where there is really only a flat surface, kind of like Stanley!

The community bridge looks like individual stones from a distance but is actually a huge mural made to look like stones. Each stone is something representative of Maryland or Frederick. When we went to visit the bridge with Flat Stanley, we spied stalks of wheat, crabs, and other scenes in the mural.

We love Mexican food! La Paz is one of our favorite downtown restaurants and Flat Stanley really liked it, too! Here he poses for the camera with the minnies and our server at the restaurant. Be sure to try their guacamole. It's the real deal.

This weekend, Flat Stanley has a few more adventures before we return him to sweet Andrea on Monday.

He's going to visit Mt. Olivet Cemetery where Francis Scott Key, the author of the Star Spangled Banner, is buried.

We're also going to stop by Rose Hill Manor, the retirement home of Maryland's first governor, Thomas Johnson. There's a playroom for children that is hand-on. Children are encouraged to play with the old toys and dress in colonial clothing. My minnies especially love the old tea set and cast iron toys. We might even be able to get some mint tea if we're lucky!

Thank you, Andrea and Ms. Padgett's Class! We have had so much fun with Flat Stanley on his adventures in Maryland.



  1. What a great idea! I have never heard of flat Stanley!

  2. Love the pictures of Frederick! and my cousin Caroline had a giraffe named tip top that we took around denver a couple of years ago!

  3. I used to live on Market Street in Frederick! Thanks for taking me back there in your pictures - I used to love the bridge mural and I miss the Sister Cities Chocolate Gala. mmmmmmchocolate and champers.

  4. Precious!! Love that activity. xoxo



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