Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Uses for your child's wagon
How many of you bought a wagon of some kind for your kids? What do you use it for, besides taking the kids out for a walk?

Here are some of the things we use ours for:

1) We're walking distance from a grocery store. Snuggle Bug loves it when I pull him in the wagon to the store. Once we get there, I just take the wagon right in and use it as my grocery cart! Snuggle Bug is content to ride through the store like that, without grabbing at things, and I get my grocery shopping done. It's amazing how many customers and check-out clerks comment on how cute it is that Snuggle Bug is in his wagon in the store. No one seems to mind. Once we're done shopping, there's no lugging of grocery bags involved. It's all in the wagon I just pull Snuggle Bug and our food home to our front door!

2) I use Snuggle Bug's wagon like a wheelbarrow, wheeling grass clippings, weeds, etc. out to the garbage behind our house. I keep meaning to buy a real wheelbarrow but so far the wagon has worked just fine.

3) I use Snuggle Bug's wagon for other gardening work, like transporting big potted plants from the car to the part of our yard where we'll be planting them.

4) Most recently, we had fun using Snuggle Bug's wagon as a cookie transport vehicle on Valentine's Day! I printed out some cute signs that said, "Happy Valentine's Day" and "Cookie Delivery Express", taped them to his wagon, added some streamers, and then put Snuggle Bug in with our packaged cookies. The neighbors that we delivered cookies to loved it!

These alternate uses of Snuggle Bug's wagon work for me. Is there anything else you use your wagon for?

To see what works for others, be sure to check out all the links at Shannon's, the creator of Works-For-Me Wednesday!

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At 9:48 PM, Blogger An Ordinary Mom said...

We actually purchased a wagon to take our groceries up to the third floor in one trip ... and of course to use it for our kids :)!! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

At 9:53 PM, Blogger Nikki said...

Great tip. I'm still waiting for the day that we have a wagon. Still looking. Still wanting. I will add this to my gee-whiz file and pull it out when I finally get my wagon.

At 9:59 PM, Blogger devildogwife said...

Ah, I love the Valentine's Day mobile! Very cute!

We would use our wagon for all kinds of yard work. We recently passed it along to someone else. It was kind of sad to see it go...

At 10:04 PM, Anonymous laughing mommy said...

That Valentine's Day idea is the cutest thing I've seen in a long time! What a terrific idea. Thanks for sharing!

At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Mike said...

Perhaps you should check this guy out.

I don't know if he is good. But I like his cartoons.


At 11:01 PM, Blogger Proverbs31 said...

I want a wagon!

Sorry, a little bit of coveting going on there. :P

We don't have one but if we did, I would definitely use it for hauling things around the yard, taking the baby with us and walking through the property for exercise and nature hunts, and possibly even for getting all of the groceries out of the trunk at once and taking them all to the back door at the same time.

A wagon would be totally cool!

And I, too, love the Valentine-mobile, but the store thing is awesome. Wish I lived within in walking distance of the store and had a wagon. :) (Sorry, coveting again.) :)

Thanks for the tips! Have a great day!!

At 11:13 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

I love using our wagon for grocery tips - the only problem is trying to keep my daughter from eating the stuff in the wagon on the way home!

peace of Christ to you,

At 7:34 AM, Blogger MommaBlogger said...

We have a very steep driveway, that even when we snowblow it, it's still difficult to get the van up it. So, we park at the top of the driveway at a little flat spot near the road. What I've started doing is using our wagon to transport the baby in his carseat, and sometimes my 2 year old (if he's not freaking out) to the top of the hill. I'll even toss the diaper bag in. On the way down, I'll toss in groceries and anything else we've brought back too. My mom got us a really great wagon last fall, with good tires, and it's got a really deep seat, so it's been really nice. It had a covered wagon accessory, but the kids seem to have lost that part...

At 7:39 AM, Anonymous Becky said...

What great ideas! We are planning to purchase our first childs wagon this spring. Now I know what else I can do with it! Thanks for sharing. And, I LOVE the Valentine Express...I just wish it had come by my house! ;)

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Martha said...

I love these ideas! We bought a wagon for out son for Christmas and I hadn't thought of using the wagon as a tool! Thanks for sharing!

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Larae said...

These are such great ideas, I have to keep them in mind! Thanks for sharing! =)

At 2:04 PM, Blogger Amy said...

Great ideas and I love the picture. We got a wagon a few years ago through our local Freecycle group. We have definitely used it a lot when doing our yard work.

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Honey said...

We have 2 little boys; so the wagon is ideal for taking places where there is a LOT of walking and they can hop in when they get tired. Plus we put the backpack in there. We go on a lot of local "field trips" and it's nice. I'd rather not have to pull a wagon, but it helps to have it for anything longer than a short walk. I really LOVE your Valentine treat wagon! Oh, and I haven't done this yet, but I go to a special church sale, and I have seen ladies with their wagons, while I have my arms FULL of books and am trying to pick out clothes. Last time I brought a big bag, next time the wagon!

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

Don't even bother with a wheel barrow. I found it hard to balance at times when we had a large garden. The kids wagon worked fine with that. Excellent WFMW...have a great day!

At 4:14 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

sounds like you've found some really great uses for the wagon! Kayla's deprived - we've never bought a wagon!

At 7:16 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

We've always used a wagon for beach vacations, when we were a short walk from the beach. It was great for carrying toys and towels and kids too tired to walk. We just bought one last spring at a garage sale. Got a great deal, but I thought that at 2, my little guy would be outgrowing it, so I love all these ideas. We did use it at the zoo--he and a friend loved it and tolerated it better than a stroller.

At 5:16 PM, Anonymous Erin said...

Cute, cute, cute!

I think Widget has that same shirt :) Is it red with a seal from Old Navy? s


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