Advent Calendars for Kids

Here are 10 of THE BEST advent calendar ideas for kids.  Avoid the chocolate and sugar with these fabulous toy and activity advent calendar ideas. Ok, they are a little more expensive than the chocolate advent calendars, but they will definitely last longer. There are so many fun advent calendars to choose from and we love them all, but here are our top 10. 

The best advent calendar ideas for kids. Avoid the chocolate with these fabulous toy and activity advent calendars. Lego, playdough, playmobil, fabric and wooden advent calendars included in this fabulous list.

Take a look at out Christmas Countdown full of craft and activity ideas as well as new traditions to start with your family.



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1. Lego City Advent Calendar (UK link/ US link)


This set is perfect for young lego fans. The recommend age is 5 -12 years. Behind each door you will find an easy to assemble model vehicles, building, seasonal item or mini figure. There are 6 mini lego figures included in this set including a cute santa with glasses on.

2. Melissa and Doug Classic Wooden Nativity Set (UK link/ US link)


This first nativity set is perfect to bring out at the beginning of advent for little ones to play with. It includes an easy-to-assemble 4-piece stable and 11 wooden figures as well as a retelling of the Christmas story to help create a treasured family tradition.


3. VTech Toot Toot Animals Advent Calendar (UK link/ US link)


Toddlers will love counting down to Christmas with the fabulous Toot-Toot Animals advent calendar. The recommended age is 1-5 years, 2 and 3 year olds would love it. There are 24 fun play pieces including a cute Toot-Toot Animals Reindeer and baby, Christmas decorations and more.

The best advent calendar ideas for kids. Avoid the chocolate with these fabulous toy and activity advent calendars. Lego, playdough, playmobil, fabric and wooden advent calendars included in this fabulous list.

4. Playmobil Advent calendar - Royal Ice Skating Trip (UK link/ US link)


Build up a skating scene with this adorable playmobil advent calendar. The recommended age is 4-8 years. Each window holds a different surprise each day to help build your scene. There are 3 playmobil figures included along with a snowman, animals and a tree.

5. Melissa and Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar (UK link/ US link)


This wooden advent calendar can be used year after year. The set includes a magnetic wooden tree, 24 magnetic ornaments and 1 shining star for the top of the tree. Each day kids can pick a ornament to add to the tree, following the numbered outlines to fill the tree.

6. 24 North Pole Advent letters (UK link)


Opening a letter each day of advent from a North Pole elf is a fun alternative to an advent calendar that the whole family can enjoy together. There are 24 letters included in this pack, which are to be read in order. Kids will love hearing of all of the fun, adventures and mayhem at the North Pole.


7. Lego Friends Advent Calendar (UK link/ US link)


Open a compartment each day and count down to Christmas with buildable lego gifts. There are 24 surprises including furry friends and their homes, a Christmas tree, gifts and all sorts of surprises. The recommended age is 5-12 years old.


8. Play-Doh Advent Calendar (UK link)


Get creative with this Play-Doh holiday countdown calendar. This set includes 5 Play-Doh pots, including 2 sparkly pots. There are lots of little Christmas cutters behind the doors as well as a pair of plastic scissors and a mini rolling pin. The recommended age is 3 +.

9. Fabric nativity advent calendar (UK link / US link)


This beautifully crafted advent calendar can be used year after year. Each day you take a piece from one of the numbered pockets to build up a nativity scene.

10. Playmobil Advent Calendar - Santa's Workshop (UK link/ US link)


Help Santa load his sleigh with the Santa's workshop advent calendar. This set includes a backdrop, four figures, a sleigh, work bench, reindeer, slide, bike, tons of toys, and plenty of other accessories. It is recommended for 4-10 year olds.

Elf on the shelf (UK link/ US link)


Elf on the Shelf is a fun tradition that the whole family will enjoy in the run up to Christmas. Children adopt their own scout elf who flies to the North Pole each night to tell santa about all the days adventures. Each morning children come down to find the shelf has moved or been up to mischief. (Take a look at some of our easy elf on the shelf ideas)

The Kindness Elves (buy them at The Kindness Elf Shop


A fun alternative to the well know Elf on the Shelf, the kindness elves are magical elves that sprinkle kindness and joy wherever they go. These little elves come with their own house and encourage children to carry out daily acts of kindness.



We also love these wooden advent calendars where you can add your own little treats for your child each day.


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