Little Red Stories
Our first wooden radio flyer wagon is now approximately 40 years old. We just sanded it and repainted it today. We are giving it to our great grand daughter along with a new pink radio flyer three wheeler (big wheel) this Sunday, June 4th, 2017 for her sixth birthday. She will be SO excited!
My Little Red Wagon is the title of the bedtime story I made up for my daughter. A true story about my daughter and I building a flower garden in your little red wagon. That bedtime story was my last English assignment 10 years ago when I graduated Business Administration after struggling a 3 year learning curve with my learning disability of reading and writing starting with a grade 5 education. That story stuck in my heart until I reread it and decided to publish it Oct 2014. Since receiving my first copy my passion grew deeper for literacy and learning. April 1, 2016 I launched My Little Red Wagon Garden Kit. Seen on my website littleredwagongardenkit.com. or my face book @mylittleredwagonfundraiser. I build this great little educational hands on learning tool kit to promote and support literacy. It comes with my story book, a W5 doll size Radio Flyer little red wagon, a plastic tray I got made for it to protect the wagon and to allow the children to still play with the wagon after they build their own flower garden for it, comes with a bag of Pro mix soil, 3 piece garden tools, 1 pair of gloves that come in 4 different sizes from ages 3-12, red, green, blue or pink plus a package of flower seeds I got made to represent the 5 colors of flowers in the book. It all comes wrapped up in a little red bow sealed in a box with a label, bar code and My Little Red Wagon company logo and information. Since launching April 2016 My garden kit can now be purchased in over 30 locations across Alberta and BC. Leaving a literacy trail along the way. I would be honored to name all the stores if you like including 12 Home Hardware stores and an Indigo and Cole's book store. Little Red Wagon is enjoyed by many generations for 100 years, leaving a huge impacted on generations to come. Radio Flyer and literacy share one great thing together. They both effect every generation and are a HUGE part of the future. Every one has a story with a little red wagon or knows someone who had one. Every one knows someone who learns a little different and or struggles with basic education. Reading and simple math. Many know the challenges some struggle with learning, reading and writing and how it still effects many of our children, youth and adults. Did you know with only 1% increase in the literacy rate would generate $18 Billion in economic growth every year. Investment in literacy programming has a 241% return on investment. Literacy is much more then reading and writing; it is an essential skill that is the foundation for future learning. It is about people’s ability to participate in everyday activities like banking, readying a safety manual, reviewing a child’s report card and acquiring new skills to keep jobs or to change jobs and to create jobs in our community's. It's also needed to put together Radio Flyers products. Education isn’t just about letters and numbers it’s about learning. Literacy has no color or race but effects every generation. Radio Flyer carries this same trade. Investments in foundation skills would lead to improve in livelihood, levels of health, increased productivity, reduce social costs and higher growth participate in community decision-making and early childhood development. Radio Flyer is a huge part of play and grow how about being part of something even greater? Play, Grow, & Learn. Teaching all the importance of childhood growth. Education, literacy, learning, building. Watching Learning growing. 100 years is celebration for The many generations of Radio Flyer customers and the new literacy generation that follow with it. My Little Red Wagon Garden Kit was created for ages 3-12 but a story for all ages. Radio Flyer celebrates 100 years of creation, why not create literacy in the new generation of Radio Flyer. Radio flyer is a HUGE part of the worlds growth, so is literacy learning. What a great little idea to get education a part of play. Watching learning grow. Thank you for being a part of my literacy growth and my active child within. I hope my new growing learning garden kit will become a great new project for Radio Flyer to celebrate one day. Thank you for the life learning lessons Love Darcie Taylor
Let's go back almost 30 years to my First Birthday. Grandma H. gave me a wooden red radio flyer wagon that year and I couldn't have been more excited my Mother said. She would pull me around the farm during chore time and on country walks in the evening. Fast forward about 5 years and I now had siblings in which to pull around in the very same wagon. Jump 5 more years and my older brother and I were now using it as our "race car" on the driveway. We would take the sides off of it. Then we would have one person sit on the wagon with the tongue up against the front so they could steer it and the other person behind pushing it down the driveway. Sometimes we even got a little crazy and use the ditch sides for more speed. Around the same age and until I was a bit older I would also take the wagon and construct what I would call "cat condos" and place my kitty's in and pull them all over the yard. These condos had blanket ceilings and walls and were typically bedded with grass clippings ha ha ha. boy those cats sure tolerated a lot of bumping around in my little red wagon. Even our puppies came along for the ride sometimes and the whole ensemble would end up in a family photo or two. Fast forward to now, I am almost 31 years old and I still have my beloved little red wagon. It has seen better days, but it is the most played with toy I still own. I now have two children of my own (1.5 years and 7 months). I am currently in the process of redoing and fixing my little red wagon so that my boys can enjoy it just as much as I did growing up on the farm. There are a few things that need some serious repair and it needs some new paint, but i have it all broken down and ready to be refurbished into its former glory. It will soon be ready for another 30 years of laughing children playing with it. :)
I sit back now and see how far Radio Flyer has come. If I remember correctly it was on my 5th birthday, back in 1963, my family was celebrating my special day. Of course it's a day that always keeps you awake the night before, anticipating what is to come. I always thought it would be the most special day in my life. Well this year it really was, I use to ask Santa for a special red wagon everytime I sat on his lap, but it never happened. To my surprise, and it truly was, on this day my dad walked around the side of the house with this brightest red wagon, and the biggest red bow my little eyes ever saw. I was so happy, it was to me a memory I would never forget.. I always thought, I must have done something really good to get this kind of gift for my birthday. There were five kids in our family, my mom stayed home and took care of the kids, while dad went to work everyday in a factory. I look back now, and realize what they had to give up to make one little girl the happiest girl on the block. I thank God everyday, for having the best mom & dad in the whole world. Now I do this for my kids, and my grand kids as often as I can. Thanks for giving me the chance to at least try to do the same for my 2 grand daughters.
I am so grateful for Radio Flyer! Besides great products, they also have exceptional customer service. They are honest. I am never surprised by hidden fees or sales that turn out to just be click-bait. As the wife of a PhD student and mother of three young children, money is often tight. But thanks to the birthday club and the occasional discounts, I've been able to find a great deal on a Ziggle for my 5 year old and a Cyclone for my 3 year old. A couple years ago for Christmas, I got my son a Ziggle. I didn't have much idea of what it was, but as soon as my husband put it together, my little boy was out in the 30-degree weather, wiggling, zooming, and twisting. I absolutely adore watching him. Seriously, where's an adult-sized version? We were so impressed with the quality and ingenuity from Radio Flyer that we bought my other son a Cyclone for his birthday this year. He just turned 3 and can't get enough of his gift. For a few days he just wheeled and spun around our house, thrilling in the enjoyment of his "cyc-a-lone!" Now that we finally convinced him it's an outdoor toy, he plays outside, entrancing the neighborhood kids (and their parents) as often as I'll let him. I've been especially impressed with how the bikes Radio Flyer has created for my boys have helped them learn to share. My kids have a hard time sharing, especially things that are precious to them, but with their Ziggle and Cyclone, they can't wait to get outside and show off to everyone and then step aside and let their friends to have a turn! Sometimes gifts can be a scary thing to buy--you never know if the receiver is going to like what you got--but with Radio Flyer, I never lose confidence. I know it will captivate, excite, and entertain for years.
About 30 years ago, my wife, Kay, asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I told her I wanted a wagon. Specifically, a Radio Flyer. It was a strange request for a young dad and she was puzzled, so I explained. At that time we had one child, Ben. My plan was that every year, beginning with that year, on my birthday, I would skip work and take our kids to the zoo. I felt a wagon would be the best way for me to cart the kids around. So, she got me a Radio Flyer. Over the next few years, Kay and I added two more children to our family, Marji and Patrick, and for several years I spent my birthdays pulling them around the zoo in my red wagon. As the kids got older, and too big for the wagon, we still went to the zoo on my birthday only now it served as a means of transporting a cooler and picnic supplies from the car to the picnic tables. During those same years, my wagon and I pulled the kids on walks around town and to the annual Memorial Day parade where it doubled as a bench for the kids to sit in. It served me well for many years in its child transport capacity. Alas, the children grew up and the wagon took on a new job…hauling things around the yard. It was used for moving dirt, gravel, weeds and grass clippings. It transported flats of flowers and mulch. Right now it’s parked in the corner of the shed with some miscellaneous stuff sitting on it. It’s been there for a couple of years now. All dirty with some rust, dents, and dings. I would never scrap my Radio Flyer, but I had thought a few times of dropping it off at the local thrift store, thinking perhaps another family could use it. I just couldn’t get rid of it though. Right now, I’m glad I kept it. You see, recently, Ben and Jackie, our daughter-in-law, welcomed their absolutely beautiful daughter, Wynn, to the world! The joy, excitement, jubilation, and love I feel for my granddaughter is unbelievable! She is absolutely adorable and precious! Now, just as soon as this snow melts, I’ll be out to the shed to get my neglected Radio Flyer. It’s going to need some work, but it’ll be a good restoration project for me. There are still a lot of miles left in both of us to pull my granddaughter, and future grandchildren, around town! So, come on wagon, my old friend, let’s get you ready to go to the zoo!
I g ot Bentley when he was 6 months old didn't have a bottle or a diaper to his name he is the most incredible little grandson anyone could ever ask for he has an 8 year old big brother then I am raising also Bentley will turn 2 in May and this wagon is the first brand new toy the he is ever received that he is ever received he thinks it's the most incredible things that he is ever seen. the look on his face is something makes me cry he was so overwhelmed with excitement I can't imagine a better gift my little boy Wholoved toleftgo go