Flat Stanley is a fun project for elementary school kids that helps them learn how to communicate with others and learn more about the broader world they live in.
It is based on the 1964 children’s book Flat Stanley, which is about a boy who is accidentally flattened and mailed to his friend in California. The project has kids color and cut out a template of Flat Stanley and then write a letter to a child at another school in a different city, state, or country. They’ll then receive a letter and a Flat Stanley back from another child who is also participating in the project. This project can also be done as a chain, where Flat Stanley is sent to more than two people.
Flat Stanley is a wonderful task for school-age kids because it is exciting and helps them learn important life skills. Most importantly, it helps them practice reading and writing while teaching them how to write a letter. It also introduces them to the concept of meeting people from different places and learning about cultural differences in a very approachable way. The idea of having a pen pal is very exciting for most kids, so it makes the learning aspect of it fun.
We offer free Flat Stanley templates for anyone to download and use. You can download them from our website by clicking on the link provided. Then, print out the desired number of Flat Stanley’s. For the most durable Flat Stanley, use card stock. Then, have your students color and cut out their Flat Stanley’s to send to their pen pals. Kids don’t have to be in school to do this – there are many ways to find Flat Stanley pen pals just by looking online. Flat Stanley is one of the best free ways to make learning more exciting.
Samples of Flat Stanley Template