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

It’s finally March, and that can only mean one thing: National Little Red Wagon day is only a few weeks away! This month, 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. In honor of National Little Red Wagon Day on March 25, 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. Gather everyone together for some lighthearted competition! Parents can work together on a list of items to be collected. Then, simply set some safety rules, make teams, and ready, set, GO! Keep the hunt contained to the backyard or have an adult team up with each team to supervise and make it a neighborhood wide adventure! 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. All the neighborhood kids can line up their wagon “cars” to watch. Make a DIY snack bar with movie theater favorites. You and your kids can even make movie theater tickets to give to your guests.


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! Host a classic bake sale or lemonade stand 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. 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! We can’t wait to celebrate National Little Red Wagon Day with you this year.