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 diferent 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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This beautiful Wooden Advent Christmas Tree from Melissa and Doug will come out year after year. The baubles stick onto the tree magnetically, with a special star for Christmas Day.
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 I 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.
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!
Art and craft enthusiasts will love the Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar where they will find a new craft project kit to try every day in December.
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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Help the police track down two dastardly criminals in the Playmobil Jewel Thief Police Operation Advent Calendar where the doors open 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 foild them!
This beautiful wooden Personalised Train Advent Calendar is another calendar that will last for years and could become an annual part of your Christmas traditions. There is also an animal themed woodland version available.
The Playmobil Santa's Workshop Advent Calendar is a 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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