Advent Calendars are a key part of childhood aren’t they? I can remember opening little doors to reveal pictures as a child. They are quite the Christmas tradition for my H too as he’s had a number of perpetual calendars that he’s got out every year of his life practically. Another constant for us though is the need for a chocolate one. There’s something a bit magical about the chocolate that comes out of an advent calendar. This year we are using the Cadbury Dairy Milk one, with that yummy Dairy Milk chocolate inside each day. I’ve put together a guide to Advent Calendars for children to pick out some of our current favourites.
Lego has always been a very desirable thing to come in the shape of an advent calendar. There are usually a few different themes available to suit the interests of a range of children. Of course, the joy is that the pieces can be played with together or with existing Lego and often there are unusual pieces to be had. This Star Wars one from Argos is our pick of the bunch (you can get a Argos voucher code to help with the pennies too).
Reusable advent calendars are kinder on the bank balance and there’s a lot of joy to be had in returning to old favourites every year. This Melissa & Doug advent calendar from JoJo Maman Bébé (JoJo Maman Bébé voucher code available) is perfect for younger children. It’s a magnetic Christmas tree with numbers on it. There’s lots of fun to be had by gradually decorating their tree as Christmas gets closer.
Playmobil were advent calendar favourites when my son was a little younger. By the end of advent you can put together quite a scene and have lots of play fun. This Jewel Thief Police Operation Playmobil Advent Calendar from Smyths Toys has plenty of pieces and you’ll be able to play cops and robbers to your heart’s content. You can get a Smyths Toys voucher code to cut the cost a little.