With the increasing sedentary lifestyle of the modern world, it is hard to get kids today to appreciate things we had when we were growing up. Simple things like a red wagon made playing outside fun. You can haul all of your outside toys, sports equipment, or just enjoy pulling it over different terrain.
Giving a kid a toy wagon is a great idea. Imagine taking your family for a picnic and loading some food into the wagon. By having your kid help take food, you're giving him or her a role in the family unit. You're helping improve the child's self esteem and self worth. I'm not suggesting you give a child heavy labor, but have him or her take something easy to pull, like desert. If it is something the child likes, then they will feel even more responsibility. Not only is it a great outing for the family, it will also build the child's character.
Kids wagons also begin to teach children how to be responsible for something like an automobile. It is one of the largest toys you can give them, so they will feel more responsibility towards it. Teach your child to keep it clean and to repaint it when it gets chipped. Make sure you reward them for their efforts. This will help reaffirm the behavior, and it will become intuitive to them when they get older. Personal pride is an important thing to teach, and it can be embodied in how children are taught to care for their toys.
It's never been easier to find the right one for your child. There is a huge selection of Radio Flyer wagons available, as well as other small companies and private craftsmen. Some have a full metal body while others include wood sides. Some even come with a detachable canopy for those hot summer days. Why keep your kids cooped up inside when they should be exploring? It's great for siblings. Your oldest can tow around your youngest, enforcing their family bond. Send your kids on adventures together. If you only have one kid, give them something to do with their best friend or neighbor.
Toy wagons can teach your child how to be responsible and encourage them to play outside. It has been a cherished tradition for children all over. When your children grow up, hold onto their old wagon and give it to them when they have their own children. Those red wagons can become a family treasure.