Advent calendars are such a fun way to start a family tradition with your kids, and they are a great way to build up excitement and joy for the holidays. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite advent calendars that are toddler and kid friendly – some are one-time use calendars, and others can be used year after year in different ways!
Calendar: Playmobil Advent Calendar – Santa’s Workshop
Why we love it: This calendar has a present for each day, with the final present allowing you to help Santa load the sleigh to deliver his toys! The complete set would be fun to use in following years as a way to keep kids busy setting up their own decorations while you’re getting the house ready for the holidays, too.
Calendar: Merry Christmas Countdown House Advent Calendar
Why we love it: This is a calendar that can be used every year, with a different twist every year! The little drawers are perfect for small gifts or candy; one of our favorite advent ideas is having each drawer filled with a mini scavenger hunt that your child has to solve to get their gift for the day.
Why we love it: (Note: This calendar has small parts and shouldn’t be used for children under 3) The LEGO advent calendar is perfect for those kids who already own LEGO’s – each day reveals a different LEGO item like mini-figures, vehicles, and seasonal items. The best part? It’ll keep your little one entertained for hours.
Calendar: Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar
Why we love it: If you love advent calendars, but not the idea of giving your little one candy or gifts every day leading up to Christmas, this is the perfect option! The magnetic ornaments are adorable, easy for kids to use, and the tree includes a holiday poem that encourages family communication and a festive “read-aloud” time.
Calendar: PAW Patrol Advent Calendar
Why we love it: If your little one loves PAW Patrol, this calendar will make their day! Each tiny door holds a tiny, holiday exclusive collectible that kids can use with their existing sets to create fun Christmas stories.
Calendar: Santa Clause Chimney Calendar
Why we love it: The design of this adorable calendar is a fun way for kids to count down the days until Christmas! The numbers pull out from the sides of the chimney, letting Santa make his way down – on Christmas day, the final number lets Santa slide out of the chimney.
Calendar: Northlight Children’s Advent Calendar Red Storage Truck
Why we love it: This fun advent calendar allows you to personalize the gifts you use each year with the pull-out drawers. Santa and the snowman ride in the front to make deliveries – to create a fun twist, have Santa “drive” to a different part of your house every night, and let your little one try and find the truck in the morning to get their gift!