5 Ways to Play with Your Wagon

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5 Ways to Play with Your Wagon

March 04, 2020
posted by Mindy Schanzle

During this time of uncertainty, play is more important than ever. During the month of March, we celebrate all of the adventures, laughs, smiles, and memories that have taken flight over years and generations in a little red wagon. Whether your little red wagon has been beloved for decades or is brand new straight-out-of-the-box, the love is there all the same. To help your family continue #PlayingAtHome, we’ve come up with a list of 5 fun ways to #PledgeToPlay with your wagon during the month of March…and beyond.

 

1. Road trip!

A wagon can be your little one’s primary mode of transportation – a vehicle they call their own. Why not let them treat it like their car and head out on a road trip? Maybe a stroll around the park is really a cross-country excursion to the Grand Canyon – make sure your little ones pack water bottles, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen! Or, perhaps your backyard is actually the arctic tundra. Load up that wagon with plenty of blankets and all of your snow gear! Wherever your little ones choose to go, they’re sure to have a blast deciding what treasures to bring along with them.

 

2. The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt

Chances are, one or two of the neighborhood kids also have a wagon they love. Connect with everyone virtually to create a neighborhood scavengeer hunt. Parents can work together on a list of items to be found and then split up the list among those families participating. Everyone can put their item out on their porch or print a picture of it and hang it in their window. Next time each family goes on a walk, they can bring ther list, travel around the neighborhood, and check items off the list as theu spot them on their neighbor's porches or in their window. For an extra layer of fun, have each team come up with a team name and decorate their scavenger hunt vehicles – cardboard boxes make for excellent and creative décor.

 

3. Host Your Own Drive-In

Your little one can pack all of their fluffy friends into the wagon and bring them inside for a drive-in movie. Park your wagon in front of the TV and snuggle up with blankets and pillows for an out of the ordinary movie viewing experience. Or, if you have a projector, take the fun to the next level by hosting an outdoor drive-in. Your little ones can line up their wagon or tricycle “car” to watch. Make a DIY snack bar with movie theater favorites. You and your kids can even make movie theater tickets to add to the fun.

 

4. DIY Business

For budding young entrepreneurs, there is no better way to use your wagon than as the perfect set of wheels for a mobile business! Create a classic bake sale or lemonade in your neighborhood. Or, get more creative based on your child’s interests. Artwork? Custom jewelry? Selling an item to raise money for a school club? Girl Scouts, look no further than an All-Terrain Steel & Wood Wagon as your cookie carrying solution. Little baseball fans can stock up on Gatorade and sun flower seeds in their Tailgater to bring to the local ballpark. While social distancing measures are in place, little ones can still host their fun business right at home. Kids will take pride in running a mini business of their own, and they’ll learn a thing or two along the way!

 

5. Make an Outdoor Sensory Bin

Sensory bins are simple to put together but deliver hours of fun play. To make an instant outdoor sensory bin, all you need is some toys (different sizes, materials, and textures encouraged), a base (like sand or rice), and a bin – the Big Red Classic ATW happens to be perfect for this! This mobile sensory bin is perfect to roll out to the back patio on a nice day. When your little one is done playing, simply roll it back into the shed or garage until next time.

 

What other ways does your family love playing with their wagon? Tag #RadioFlyer on social media and let us know!