The best Advent calendars for kids is here! What fun kids will have counting down to Christmas Day from December 1st through December 25th. These Christmas Advent calendars help make Christmas even more fun when children get to open each door or window to reveal what is inside. Which Advent calendar will you be trying this holiday season?
One of the traditions in our home every Christmas season is to countdown to Christmas Day with an Advent calendar. To be honest, we have a couple of them, since my boys love them so much. It adds even more excitement to the holiday season.
Each morning, my boys will run downstairs excited to open up the next box or drawer and reveal what is inside.
Benefits of Christmas countdown calendars
There are so many fun benefits of using a Christmas countdown advent calendar. Promoting creative play, encouraging counting and of course, prating patience.
Creative play – My boys love to play with the figures or toys that come out of the Advent calendar. We’ve have got the LEGO Advent calendar a few times and they love building it and trying to guess what it is as they piece it together. Often times the calendar box will include a little play area. Making the little figures talk to each other or re-enact a holiday scene is a lot of fun for kids!
Encourage counting – For younger kids, seeing the numbers printed on each flap, they can practice counting and as well as figuring out how many more days until Christmas. Practice taking today’s number and subtracting from 25. It’s a great learning tool.
Practice patience – Christmas is an exciting time! “How many more days until Santa comes?” is a popular question in the month of December. Show your child what day he will visit and he can count down to the day!
Best Advent Calendars this year
The Christmas countdown calendars listed below are all kid-friendly because they have toys inside them, however be aware that some of the calendars are made for bigger kids as they include tiny pieces which can be a choking hazard for little kids.
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Fisher-Price Little People Nativity Advent Calendar
This Christmas Advent calendar is perfect for little hands. Geared towards toddlers ages 1 to 5, this is such a fun calendar to help younger children countdown to Christmas. Each day, open a door to reveal a surprise! It even includes a fold-out nativity scene to encourage imaginative play.
LEGO City Advent Calendar
My boys love the LEGO Advent Calendars. This version of the LEGO City Advent Calendar comes with over 234 pieces! If you flip the box over, you will see 25 perforated boxes numbered from 1 to 25, each day, your child will open each box and inside will be a LEGO mini-figure or small building toys inside. This set includes 7 mini-figures!
Frozen Advent Calendar
With the newest Frozen movie sequel on everyone’s mine, this calendar is perfect for kids of Frozen Fans! This Frozen Advent Calendar features Olaf’s Adventures features 25 figures inside! Each day open a new window to reveal a surprise.
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Animal Figure Christmas Advent Calendar
Do you have an animal lover in your home? This D-TantiX Animals Countdown Calendar features 24 fun safari animals including elephant, tiger, giraffe and lion, lots more surprises await behind the calendar doors. Each animal has authentic features and coloring based on reality, let children explore, discover, and learn a great deal about animals in our world.
PJ Masks Advent Calendar
Celebrate the holidays with the PJ Masks Advent calendar! Kids can countdown to Christmas with their favorite PJ Masks characters! This festive calendar comes with 12 mini surprise figures, 10 PJ Masks themed stickers, and 3 ornaments. This seasonal calendar features Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko exchanging gifts in front of a Christmas tree.
Harry Potter Christmas Countdown Calendar
Not to be missed is this year’s Harry Potter-themed pocket Pop by Funko! Enjoy favorite witches, wizards, house elves. Celebrate the season with Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and more! 24 vinyl characters included from the Wizarding world of Harry Potter.
Crayola Countdown Calendar
The Crayola Countdown Calendar includes holiday crafts to help kids countdown to Christmas. Each numbered door on the Christmas Advent calendar reveals a Crayola product and corresponding activity. This 24-day calendar offers simple holiday activities using Crayola tools and providing a daily dose of creativity, DIY ornaments and other easy holiday craft projects are included in this set.
Polly Pocket Advent Calendar
Get ready to celebrate the Christmas season with Polly Pocket, featuring a winter wonderland holiday theme with 25 surprises to discover each day of December. Set up a winter wonderland display. Kids will love counting down the holidays with this Advent calendar featuring an adorable winter theme and 25 different micro dolls and accessories to discover! Makes a great holiday gift for ages 4 years old!
Star Wars Micro Force Advent Calendar
24 fantastic doors to open for kids to help keep the kids engaged while counting down to Santa’s arrival. This kit is perfect for boys or girls. Fold the package down to reveal a Star Wars holiday-themed backdrop, which can be decorated with the 7 included exclusive stickers. This set includes Jedi Knights, Sith Lords, Stormtroopers, X-Wings, Star Destroyers, AT-AT Walkers, droids, Wookiees, Rebel heroes, and more!
PLAYMOBIL Calendar – Santa’s Workshop
This fun advent calendar from PLAYMOBIL contains everything needed for Santa’s workshop! It contains 24 surprise items with each day leading up to Christmas. Includes backdrop, four figures, sleigh, work bench, reindeer, slide, bike, tons of toys, and plenty of other accessories!
FAQs for Advent Calendars
Order early. Purchase the calendar in October or November and then put it away until December 1st. We’ve been disappointed before thinking we’d wait to order our countdown calendar and then it was sold out! Avoid the disappointment and order it now.
The calendars can definitely be shared if the theme fits both children. Be sure though that you establish ahead of time the order for opening doors. We like to do odd numbers for one child, and even for the other. If the calendar has the number 25, then we all open it together.
Keep in mind, many of these calendars contain small pieces as the boxes are tiny. Advent calendars with toys, little LEGOs or other small bits might not be the right kind of calendar for your family just yet, if you have a child younger than 5.
Christmas is such a fun holiday. Watch your kids open the box and their eyes light up. Be excited and encourage play. Enjoy the moment together!
Counting down to Christmas is an exciting time, especially when you are a child. Using an Advent Calendar can not only keep the “How many more days until Christmas?” at bay, but gives children something fun to look forward to each day and promotes fun creative play!