Thanks to Radio Flyer and TapInfluence for sponsoring this great conversation on the importance of fostering the imaginations of our children, and calling the imaginations of our adult selves back out for play.
Mor Mor Baby surprised Nathaniel with a wooden Radio Flyer wagon when he was about the age of two. It’s pretty sweet. I love it. It’s grown from something that I used to pull him around the neighborhood to a bit of a family heirloom of sorts. I mean, it’s only 14 years old, but still, I can dream right?
Color me surprised when I was invited to see the premiere of Taking Flight, an animated short that shared why using our imaginations with the help of Radio Flyer is so important. You should check it out too before leaving this post. It’s not long at all, and it pays tribute to the creator of the famous red wagon, and his love of imaginative play. The event was chock full of nostalgia. With tiny wagons, balloons and a red carpet for families to walk and have their photograph taken. The best part of the event was the actual animated short.
I was able to take photos INSIDE a huge wagon with my friend Johanna from Momma Cuisine. Talk about living like a kid again!
Taking Flight is inspired by the life and heritage of Antonio Pasin, inventor of the beloved Little Red Wagon. In the fictional tribute, what begins as a small boy’s boring day with Grandpa turns into a larger-than-life journey of imaginative play.
I find that so often, we talk so much about wanting well rounded children, and children with imaginations, yet we don’t really make the time to foster that imaginative play. Well, I know YOU ALL do, but we need to be able to help those parents that don’t get down in the pretend jungles like we do. Show them this video to at least get the wheels turning.
You can stay up to date with all things Radio Flyer (like I am ) by visiting them on Facebook, where they made the announcement of this award winning short, or you can follow them on Twitter! While you’re at it, do like NoNo, his grandson, and Ryder the adventurous teddy bear and have GREAT adventures! Go to the jungle, to space, or even through rocky terrain saving the Earth from a humongous rock monster!
I enjoyed my time out on the red carpet at Radio Flyer Corporation, and I loved the gentle reminder to get out more and let my imagination take flight. Until then, Ryder and I are going to rest after one of our long adventures, and see you on the flip side.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Radio Flyer. The opinions and text are all mine.