This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Radio Flyer. The opinions and text are all mine.
We were hard on our little Radio Flyer wagon as kids. We threw rocks in it (not great for that shiny paint job). Tried to fill it with water for some crazy scheme. Piled way too many kids in it for intrepid rides down our hilly yard. Tied it up to endless hitching posts in our “prairie days” re-enactments. Hauled a huge wooden box up our hill to become a fancy lemonade stand.
I distinctly remember the rumbling sound of the wheels as we bumped and bounced over gravel, grass, and anything in our way. It’s the sound of my childhood, rumbling in the background as I watch my own children play. From great-grandparents and grandparents, to their children and their children’s children, everyone has a Radio Flyer story.
100 Years America’s Little Red Wagon
In fact, I think Radio Flyer wagons are the story of play for most kids in America. This year marks 100 years of imaginative play with Radio Flyer.
Truly, “Time flies, enjoy the ride.” One minute you’re strapping these chubby, bundled babies into the molded seats of a wagon. The next you’re watching them pull each other around the yard themselves.
There’s always nostalgia when it comes to the generation-spanning Little Red WagonTM. I smile whenever I see a Radio Flyer while driving through a neighborhood.
Our two boys outgrew their first Radio Flyer wagon (complete with canopy, cup-holders galore, and storage compartment – perfect for new parents). With tears this beloved wagon, trekker of farmers markets, apple orchards, trail walks and more, passed down to my nephews.
Happily, our boys graduated to a Radio Flyer Big Red Classic ATW which our big boys love as well! (And this one, I do not plan to hand down, but keep as a memento of our boy’s childhood!).
Radio Flyer’s Legacy
The story of Radio Flyer itself starts as humbly as any child’s beginnings. Antonio Pasin came to America looking for opportunity for his family. In addition, he gave us an American icon, a legacy of laughter, and a symbol of childhood.
For our family, it’s important our kids have open-ended toys to help us maintain a screen-free play environment. Radio Flyer wagons, ride-ons and other toys do that. They don’t prescribe one particular style or type of play, but the toy itself becomes wrapped up in the storyline the kids create! When you buy a Radio Flyer toy, you know you’re getting quality and a toy that will inspire your kids to play creatively.
Pasin said his dream was to “bring joy to every boy and every girl.” And I think he’s done that superbly! For over 100 years, Pasin’s vision for innovation and imaginative play has carried out through numerous iterations of the Little Red WagonTM and other products in the Radio Flyer line.
Read the Story of Radio Flyer
Radio Flyer’s story is our story. Every generation discovers anew the freedom and joy a Little Red WagonTM brings to their life, and grows up to want their own children to have that same discovery, too! How valuable is it for generations of families to connect over happy memories of a Little Red WagonTM rolling down the sidewalk or through a grassy lawn. Kids can listen to their parents’ and grandparents’ stories, and share their own creative adventures.
Now you can relive the moments that make Radio Flyer special. Radio Flyer’s 100 Years of America’s Little Red Wagon commemorative book is now for sale. In it you’ll find story after story, photo after photo tracing the history of children at play with Radio Flyer. Each memory inside somehow seems one with our own. Grab tissues, because you may become a little misty-eyed!
Why not gift this beautiful book to a family member this Christmas? Everyone will enjoy flipping through the gorgeous pages of Radio Flyer’s 100 Years of America’s Little Red Wagon and adding their own Radio Flyer Story. Purchase it on RadioFlyer.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million and IndieBound.
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About Radio Flyer:
Radio Flyer, maker of the little red wagon and the world’s leading producer of wagons, tricycles, pre-school scooters and other ride-ons, has become the most loved brand for kid’s wheels in the world. Chicago-based, Radio Flyer has more than 100 award-winning products. Since 1917, the family-owned company has created icons of childhood, building a legacy of high quality, timeless and innovative toys that spark imagination and inspire outdoor, active play.