In January Luke's class read Flat Stanley - a book about a little boy who is "flattened" and makes the most of his situation by doing cool things now that he's only 1/4" thick... like being able to be mailed to friends in other parts of the country.
Luke's teacher had each of the kids color their own Flat Stanley and their assignment was to send him somewhere and get pictures and some information back about where he visited.
Luke likes to make BIIIIG plans and so he came home talking about wanting to send his Flat Stanley to Australia or Asia. Ummmm.... okay. :)
I put my feelers out on Instagram to see who might be willing to show Flat Stanley around their country and the response back was completely overwhelming. I seriously had offers from all over the world... which BLEW us away! Luke ultimately decided to send Flat Stanley to the most wonderful family who offered to host him in Sydney and y'all... I can't EVEN get over the pictures she sent us!!
Here's Luke's Flat Stanley at Bondi Beach...
At the War Memorial and Parliment building in Canberra....
.... and a Wildlife park visiting with lots of Australian animals.
(Can you spot him???)
They took him to Luna Park and The Big Merino...
... and even to Sydney Harbor!!!
We got the pictures via Google Drive and Luke was able to put his PowerPoint together for his class. We googled the locations and had so much fun learning about where Flat Stanley had been.
Just when we thought the whole experience couldn't get any better (I mean! Those pictures!) we received Flat Stanley back in the mail along with a TON of souvenirs! Brochures, postcards, maps, treats, stickers, flags... and a TON of other incredibly thoughtful and generous little mementos.
This was TOTALLY unexpected and such a sweet surprise. I wish I had known what was happening because I would have taken a video so you could have heard all the squeals and "ohhhhhhs" coming from my kitchen table :)
We all tried Tim Tams (and yes... we even did the Tim Tam Slam), tasted Vegemite (we think you MIGHT have to be Australian to really appreciate this!)and there are tiny Koalas all over Luke's room :)
When we mailed Flat Stanley off to Sydney I had no idea what a fun little "trip" it was going to be for our whole family. While he was gone we researched what we thought he might be doing and then when he got back we had the best time looking at the pictures, reading about what he had done and finding some Texas souvenirs to sent back to Sydney.
Even though Luke's project is complete, we had so many sweet offers to host our little traveler that we're going to send him on to Amsterdam! We've already started Googling all things Holland (which is fun because that's where my mom's family is from) and can't wait to see what other adventures our Stanley goes on. We're looking at getting a map for the playroom where we can track his travels and have plans to start a scrapbook for his pictures and souvenirs.
Finally - HUUUUUUGE shout out to Flat Stanley's extremely gracious and generous hosts! You went absolutely above and beyond and made this so special for Luke (and the rest of us!). THANK YOU!!!
PS - If you live somewhere fun (i.e. anywhere outside of Dallas hahaha) and would like to show Flat Stanley around your town/state/Country shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)!