Tackle it Tuesday — Flat Stanley Project

by Janice

Tackle it Tuesday

Flat Stanley School Project

Flat Stanley was supposed to visit us during spring break — which would have meant, he would have come to Disney World with us. But, since we left a few days before school ended, Jackson’s teacher forgot to send Jackson’s Flat Stanley and journal home with him.

Which was all good with me.

I had enough to manage my high energy kids in Disney without worry about losing a laminated paper doll.

Flat Stanley at Jackson' hockey practiceIF you are wondering what on earth is a FLAT STANLEY — it is a book series and the kids have a school project making their own “Flat Stanley” and taking him around, photographing and journaling his adventures.

So, this past weekend, it was go time! We needed to complete the whole project — and, aside from photographing Flat Stanley at one trip to Jackson’s hockey practice, we left it all until Sunday.

I had a killer to do list of my own this weekend, so you KNOW I was stressed having to do a school project when I was in a crunch time of my own. But alas — such is motherhood. It includes Flat Stanley projects.

Flat Stanley w Jackson and AJ

Flat Stanley playing DSi w Jackson

After we photographed and put Flat Stanley through Diptic and Instagram, we went to Walmart to print the photos, (cause none of my color printers either work or have ink right now.)

Jackson working on his Flat Stanley project

Flat Stanley project

Then, I took Jackson to my “office,” Starbucks, for him to complete his journal, (while I attempted to do a bit of work in between spelling words for him.)

Jackson working on his Flat Stanley and driving his mother a little crazy!

The great news is — we got it done!

I asked Jackson how his presentation went at school today, (he had to present his journal to his class,) and he said, “Ah… it was pretty good. I got a few laughs out of it.”

That kid! Yes — he lives for the laugh.

What are you tackling this week! Link up your Tackle it Tuesday post…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the Linky below!

We are making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Here is a fun thumbnail linky:

And here is a basic linky if you prefer your linkies the good old fashioned way!

Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of the Mom Blog 5 Minutes for Mom.
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lori April 12, 2011 at 12:24 am

My project is always just learning to be a better person! A better wife, mother, sister, friend, etc. Not sure if this fits in with the topic…


2 Janice April 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

That sounds like the best project for any topic ;)


3 Fiona April 12, 2011 at 6:51 am

Sorry, no project to describe, but couldn’t resist the urge to comment that Flat Stanley visited my home in Adelaide, South Australia about 20 years ago – how amazing that this little guy is still going.


4 Janice April 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

SO fun!


5 Michele Puccini April 12, 2011 at 7:55 am

My son is also doing a project with Flat Stanley. He has to make a board game. It is due Thursday. So I am off to buy construction paper and poster board and it will be a long two nights of arguing with a second grader.


6 Janice April 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Oh yay! I am not the only one who argues with their child during homework time! Good luck!


7 Paula Kiger April 12, 2011 at 7:55 am

I loved Flat Stanley!! I don’t remember my son doing it (which may mean F.S. has languished at the bottom of his backpack for 4 years) but my daughter’s went to Disney World and somehow ended up bringing her back earrings. She was quite the diva taskmaster to her F.S. If any F.S.’s want to visit Tallahassee, FL, send them down! We’ll treat them to a little southern hospitality!


8 Janice April 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm

AWESOME! Tara Robertson also entertained Flat Stanley for Jackson in Dryden, ON. I was in such a rush to publish this last night, I didn’t get that part in the post! sigh…


9 Tarasview April 13, 2011 at 9:25 am

don’t worry hon, I did it for YOU, not for the links lol!!


10 Greener Cleaning Mom April 12, 2011 at 7:56 am

Awww! I used to do this with my students over 20 years ago. Flat Stanley went all over the world and came back to our classroom. Thanks for the memories…


11 Janice April 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Really?!? I don’t remember Flat Stanley from when I was a kid. I thought it was newer. cool!


12 Dawn's Daily Life April 12, 2011 at 8:30 am

My daughter just had to mail Flat Stanley to one of my friends, so he could visit a new area. I felt bad that they had to do the work, but they did an excellent job. This same daughter also had to create a building in our community out of a shoebox. That project stressed me out, and I am so thankful that it is finished. Such is the life of a mom! :-)


13 Janice April 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Tara Robertson from @Tarasview also entertained Flat Stanley for Jackson in Dryden, ON. I need to post about that too!


14 MageeMommy April 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

Wahooo! I finally finished the chair slipcover I’ve worked on 3 weeks!!!! wahoooooo!


15 Janice April 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm



16 Jolene April 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

I love Flat Stanley. My boys did this project as well. I think I want to do one for myself. Ha ha ha. I think it would be fun to create a Flat Jolene and send it to blogging friends and see what type of adventures I may have. How cool will that be? I just might have to follow up on that this Summer.


17 Janice April 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm

You should!!!


18 Tarasview April 13, 2011 at 9:27 am

Tell Jackson I am glad he got some laughs- love that kid! And stop trying to add more work to your pile- no public posting necessary :) We were happy to host Flat Stanley and my boys loved that it was going to Jackson!



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