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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Traveling with Flat Stanley in Illinois and Indiana

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Do you know Flat Stanley?  Has your child or grandchild done a Flat Stanley project at school?  It's fun, it's educational.  A co-worker's nephew is doing a Flat Stanley project and so we're doing what we can to add to his project.  I took my Flat Stanley tailgating last wkend; but due to the old camera only working some of the time.  The pictures I thought I had....weren't there.  Errrrrrrrrr, I so need a new camera.  My regular camera broke while on vacation a couple of weeks ago, thus I've been trying to use the old one.  Very frustrating.  So, while Flat Stanley was appropriately colored to be Buckeye for tailgating, those pictures are non existent.


He also traveled with hubby and I last wkend to St. Louis with a car load of stuff for our daughter.  On the way back we made a couple of stops and Flat Stanley got his picture taken in Indiana, and in Illinois.  These 2 pictures with The Bison and TeePee were taken in Illinois on US Route 70 exit 76.  This is a fun stop for all.  The kids will love the TeePee and The Bison, parents will love the very unique gift shop; and furry friends have some room to roam and stretch their legs.  It's not the first time we've stopped here; nor will it be the last.


Here's Stanley in Indiana, again on US Route 70.  He got his picture taken by a nice memorial to our men and women in service.  The Blue Star Highways were started as a way to honor our military after the close of World War II, by ladies garden clubs all across the country.

If you'd like to join in on the project it would be great.  You can color your own Flat Stanley and take him places, photograph it and email it to me.  Or...you could take my Flat Stanley, print it and go visiting.  It's a geography lesson primarily for this particular group of kids; but the kids learn so many other things as well.  I like to add some history info, they can find locations on the map etc.  It started out as a way to get kids to write letters, to journal; but there are many possibilities.  Let me know if you're interested.  Here's a link if you'd like to color your own Flat Stanley
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20 comments:

  1. What a fun way for kids to learn! I'm sure your co-workers nephew will have fun seeing where all Flat Stanley visited. Some blogging buddies of mine made Flat versions of themselves (two cats) and today they went to a garden center and showed us the adventures of their flat selves!

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  2. Thanx for the valuable information. This was just the thing I was looking for, I was planning to come here for vacation with my family.... keep posting. Will be visiting back soon.

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  3. I have always loved Flat Stanley...I should have brought him to Texas with me!

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  4. That's a totally awesome idea. I'm sure that kids will love learning because they know Flat Stanley. This post is really nice! Thank you for sharing this!

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  5. Sorry to hear about the camera. It's gotta be frustrating. I really like the flat Stanley idea. I've heard of it but it's not something the kids are participating in at school. We might just have to print, color and take one along with us wherever we go.

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  6. Hey Sandy!
    It has been some time since we last communicated. We are fine and it's good to know you are too. Thanks for reading my recent post. I am glad your program is working for you. Do you get all your gas money back that you spend each month? I don't get points and that's okay cause we would rather have all our money back. I get my points with my shopping club which converts to gift certificates or cash. Still doing pretty good with both these businesses and enjoying them very much. Take care my friend and be safe in all your travels.

    Friends 4 Life!

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  7. No, we don't get all our money back from gas, but we do come close. We went almost a full year without having to pay for gas; then when we did have to start paying again; we only paid a few cents for each gallon because of the points. The last time we did our grocery shopping we got 30% off; so we're thrilled we have this in our area.

    Thanks
    Sandy

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  8. I'm really out of the loop as far as flat Stanley goes, but it sounds like a great idea for the kids. Nice to see you back Sandy looks like you guys had a great time.

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  9. I had not heard of the Flat Stanley Project before this... What a neat idea!!

    Sounds like you have been traveling a lot!! How nice to be able to get away!

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  10. Here's the link I referred to with Flat Milo and Flat Alfie and their trip to a nursery!
    http://milocat.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/in-the-garden-with-alfie-marshall-13/

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  11. Wonderful Beaded Tail, I've visited and left a comment for Flat Milo and Flat Alfie.

    Sandy

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  12. Hi,

    Thanks for visiting our blog! We have got flat-cat versions of ourselves (as Beaded tail told you) and we love to have adventures with them! Mom remembered Flat-Stanley from when she was a child ~ and that's why she made us our flat-cats.

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  13. I never heard of the Flat Stanley project before but after further investigation I can see who this can benefit children. Looks like next summer our youngsters will have something fun to do as we take our next, lengthy road trip.

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  14. Looks like Stanley had a good time. My son's already finished with him but my daughter will likely find him either this year or next. He really is fun for the kids, so cool of you to take him traveling with you.

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  15. Hmm... I've never heard of Flat Stanley before, sounds interesting.

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  16. I read about the Flat Stanley project (curiosity won't kill me...nor my cat!) and it seems like a really nice experience for children to learn and have fun.
    By the way...I have a personal attach with Indiana as my grand-daddy was from there :)
    Hugs,
    Lara

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  17. Hi,
    Illinois is a very nice place to live in and there are great tourist spots to visit there. Last time when I went there, I visited "The world's largest cross", "World's Largest Catsup Bottle", etc which I loved a lot. One more special thing which kids will enjoy there is that it is the hometown of superman and his museum.
    Nice sharing.

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  18. I've been to the big cross too Daniel, it's quite impressive--specially at night when it's all lite up. Can't find my picture of it, perhaps I'll need to make another stop there to get one. I didn't know about the largest catsup bottle thougth, or The Superman Museum. Thanks for the info
    Sandy

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  19. Yes, such type of project is real fun as well as educative.

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  20. Not sure where to post this but I wanted to ask if anyone has heard of National Clicks?

    Can someone help me find it?

    Overheard some co-workers talking about it all week but didn't have time to ask so I thought I would post it here to see if someone could help me out.

    Seems to be getting alot of buzz right now.

    Thanks

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