One of the most fun bits of Christmas is surely the anticipation, and the excitement of opening the door of the advent calendar is part of the fun! There are many different types of advent calendars for kids available theses days!
Remember from those classic paper calendars where you opened the door to reveal a chrismassy picture? Advent calendars have REALLY moved on since then.
And it's not just Chocolate advent calendars either. So save the kids teeth and avoid the Christmas sugar overload with these gorgeous toy advent calendars - from Lego to Happyland and beautiful wooden toys to movie favourites the Minions.
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Little fans of all things Unicorn will love this Playmobil Unicorn Fairyland Advent Calendar, which has 24 boxes to count down to Christmas. As each box is opened it unfolds a beautiful scene, with the fairy queen introducing the fairy prince and princess to her unicorn and all the other magical forest animals.
The set also comes complete with a jewellery box and ring. Cute!
Little LEGO fans will adore this LEGO Friends Advent Calendar. Behind each door is a LEGO kit to build which you can put together into a festive scene.
Younger kids will just love the Happyland Advent Calendar from Mothercare, filled with Happyland characters perfect for little children.
(I have to confess that we have a Happyland Santa and sleigh set that comes out every Christmas and is part of our festive decor, even though my kids are now both in their teens.)
If your kid is a fan of the massively popular Nickolodean series Paw Patrol they will love the Paw Patrol Look-Out-Advent Calendar which has 24 gifts for every day leading up to the big day - a new mini Paw Patrol figure.
Behind each door of the Soft Stuff Advent Calendar is a tub of soft stuff® dough, a tool to help you model, or an accessory for making a soft stuff creation. This could keep the kids occupied for hours in the lead up to Christmas.
This beautiful Wooden Advent Christmas Tree from Melissa and Doug will come out year after year, becoming a much loved Christmas tradition long after the kids have grown up.
The baubles stick onto the tree magnetically, and there is a special star for Christmas Day.
The Mega Bloks Minions Movie Advent Calendar is perfect for fans of Despicable Me or The Minions Movie. Make your own Minions characters with interchangable arms, eyes and legs!
Are you kids art and craft enthusiasts? They will absolutly love the Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar where they will find a new craft project kit to try every day in December.
The kits include fun homemade Christmas gifts, finger puppets, and colouring activities.
The VTech Toot-Toot Animals Advent Calendar has a sweet collection of cute animals which make fun sound effects, play festive tunes and Christmas songs. This set is a bit on the pricey side and does require batteries, however it is compatible with other Vtech Toot-Toot playsets.
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In this fun calendar, your little junior detectives help the police track down two dastardly criminals in the Playmobil Jewel Thief Police Operation Advent Calendar. Each day a door opens to reveal the jewel thieves, their swag and all the tools they need for their heist, along with the policemen whose job it is to foil them!
Can you catch the crooks by 24th December?
The Playmobil Santa's Workshop Advent Calendar is an adorable and timeless theme with Santa and his elves making classic Christmas gifts for children, including rocking horses, toy trains and teddy bears.
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