This post is for Aunt Linda and Uncle Ron, who made a Christmas gift of the red wagon to Archie and Else a couple of years ago. I’m putting the pic in the next post along with the others from pool day, so I can leave this post accessible for general readers. Word to the wise for anyone thinking of a gift for young children: there are certain toys that never go out of favor, and whose use lasts a long, long time.
Matt and Amy are very systematic about clearing out toys that the kids have outgrown, and donating them to places where children are short of books and toys and puzzles and games. Archie and Else help sort and prepare the periodic donations. The message is simple: life is not about endless acquisition, and we share with others.
Not everything that Else and Archie have basically outgrown goes, because many of their friends have much smaller siblings, and there needs to be some way to entertain them when families are visiting. A couple of important toys in that category are the famous Water Table — joy of toddlers — and the red wagon, a Christmas gift from Aunt Linda and Uncle Ron.
Red wagons have changed from what you may remember — they now have plastic sides, not metal or wood. They’re not quite as sturdy, although they are lighter. But the idea of putting a kid in the wagon and hauling him or her around, or loading the wagon up with stuff and hauling it around, never seems to grow dull.
If you have contact with young children — as a parent, aunt or uncle, teacher, camp counselor, or other — can you add to my list? What else, beyond a water table and red wagon, has had staying power in your world?