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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Flat Stanley Project

I had never heard of Flat Stanley until 2008, when a friend told us that she was currently babysitting a "flat stanley"...

She went on to tell us the story of this paper doll that travels the globe and photographs with people.  Doing a bit of research on Wikipedia, I found out:

~ The project was started in 1995 by Dale Hubert, a 3rd grade schoolteacher in LondonOntarioCanada

~It is meant to facilitate letter-writing by schoolchildren to each other as they document what Flat Stanley has done with them.

~The Flat Stanley Project provides an opportunity for students to make connections with students of other member schools who've signed up with the project. 

~Students begin by reading the book and becoming acquainted with the story. Then they make paper "Flat Stanleys"and keep a journal f
or a few days, documenting the places and activities in which Flat Stanley is involved. 
~The Flat Stanley and the journal are mailed to other people who are asked to treat the figure as a visiting guest and add to his journal, then return them both after a period of time. 

So, that got me thinking... why not do the same for my nephews?  But we needed to have a Flat Stanley that could go anywhere for  a long time, not tear, not get lost...and he had to be able to Pose!  Thus, we created our BOB!
Bob Ace Johnson, as my nephew calls him, started his travels in Tucson, Arizona...
so far he has travelled in:
Amsterdam, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, and is currently in Uruguay!

We even started his own Bob Blog Here

Bob travels with a backpack and a notebook.  He has specific rules on what he can and cannot do, and all we ask is that people take photos and report back, so our nephews learn Geography! Bob gets passed on from traveller to traveller...and so far, so good! His passport is looking better than mine!

Just another way to think outside of the box!!! Hopefully one day you TOO can have Bob in your home!  Bob is on Facebook and on MySpace








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