Get the kids to kickstart their Christmas countdown with these fun and creative kids’ Advent calendars in Singapore!
The Advent calendar has roots that go back all the way to the 19th century, but these days, it’s just a really fun way to get children excited for the Yuletide festivities. A quick browse through supermarket shelves will reveal plenty of kids’ Advent calendars that are filled to the brim with chocolates or sweet treats. But if you’d rather your kids didn’t entirely overdose on chocolate this Christmas, then you’re going to want to take a closer look at these cool kids’ Advent calendars. OK, we aren’t complete party-poopers; some of these Advent calendars do have tasty edible treats inside, but some are good for teaching gratefulness and some may have your kids excited to give back to those who need it most during this holiday season!
Counting down to Christmas Day can be a tough task, especially for little ones who can’t wait to rip open their presents. The best way to keep them excited (and distract them from snooping around the pile of gifts under the tree) is to treat them to Little House of Dreams’ delicious Cookie Advent Calendar. It’s a new addition to the menu at this bakery cum cafe, and contains 24 cookies, each with Christmassy icing on top. It’s extra special, too, because this yummy kids’ Advent calendar is a limited edition purchase – only 50 sets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cookies come in a gorgeous gift box with a gift tag, which makes it a great gifting option as well.
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Not only are fabric Advent calendars more sustainable in the long run since you can reuse them each year, it can be upcycled into a Christmas decoration that brings back plenty of memories once the kids are grown. If you’re not a crafting enthusiast, or you simply don’t have the time to make an fabric Advent calendar for your kids, then check out Etsy for a wide range of colourful, customisable kids’ Advent calendars made from material. They don’t break the bank, and you can mark each day with a variety of little gifts.
Mark the days to Christmas with a Hot Wheels surprise each morning! Not only are there eight new Hot Wheels vehicles in the Advent calendar, there are also 16 new accessories and an all-new foldout play mat to zoom your new cars on.
What’s better than a regular ole kids’ Advent calendar? A buildable one, of course! LEGO Advent calendars are always a hit with kids, and the LEGO Friends edition lives up to the hype. A little buildable surprise sits behind each door, and each one belongs to one of the calendar’s three themes. Build Emma a room, help construct Santa’s toy workshops or build a winter wonderland! The toys come with clear instructions, so it’s easy for kids to follow on their own.
This kids’ Advent calendar comes with a magnetic wooden tree, a wooden star and 24 magnetic ornaments – one for each day of the month. There’s a beautiful holiday poem on the back, which you and your kids can read out together – a fun, new tradition to add to your family’s list. Everything is packed in a wooden ornament box, which makes it easy to store or easy to wrap if you’re thinking of early Christmas gifts
Count down the days to Christmas in minimalist style with this Nutcracker-themed kids’ Advent calendar. It isn’t just pleasing on the eye; Meri Meri’s fun calendar is durable and made from top-notch materials.
This sweet idea for an Advent calendar for kids scores for creativeness and affordability. All you’ll need is some string, paper bags or envelopes, and pegs to hang up your creation – all of which you’ll find at crafting stores or homeware stores like Daiso and Spotlight. Just decorate the bags, number them, and fill them with little poems, heartfelt messages, religious quotes, or cute little activity coupons that your mini-me can cash in for a fun day with you. But if you’re pressed for time, you’ll find plenty of options on Amazon Singapore that are colourful and easy to assemble.
Smaller hands will prefer the Playmobil kids’ Advent calendar. It contains 24 surprise items for each of the days leading up to Christmas, and once all the pieces are revealed, your child can help Santa load up his sleigh and deliver presents.
9. Reverse Advent Calendars
A fun kids’ Advent calendar filled with treats is great, but why not use this time to teach your child about giving back to those in need? Decorate a box or hamper, or use a plain cardboard box. Go out with your child to buy tinned or non-perishable items like coffee, hot chocolate, long-life milk, canned food, cooking oils, rice, noodles, peanut butter, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Every day from 1 December you can put in one item, or an item per child each day. A few days before Christmas, pack up your box and head to a charity with your kids so they can see how they’ve helped. If you’ve chosen to put money in the box instead, take your kids grocery shopping with the cash on day 22, and bring your purchases to charities such as Foodbank or Willing Hearts.
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Smiggle’s kids’ Advent calendar offers limited edition Smiggle stationery – one for each of the 25 days – which includes fun things like rainbow pens, mini paint sets, scented stickers, snake puzzles, mini pencil packs, and more. There is also one of 30 tickets hidden inside these Advent calendars, so if your little one is lucky enough to find one, they’ll win a huge Smiggle shopping spree!
The numbered drawers on this adorable kids’ Advent calendar by Tool Daily is perfect for treats, special notes or tiny candies – you can vary them day by day. Once the countdown is done, tuck this away under your Christmas tree or add it to your shelves for an added festive touch. It has a stable base, which means you won’t have to worry about it falling.
Toyvian’s cool kids’ Advent calendar isn’t much to look at. It’s a regular paper box with little tear-out doors, but behind each door, you’ll find little painted Christmas pendants made from resin. Hang the ornaments on your Christmas tree as you discover them daily, or fashion some into pretty charms to use as necklaces – fun for older tweens and teens.
Lead image from Amazon Singapore
Other images courtesy of (in order): Little House of Dreams, Etsy, Hot Wheels – Amazon Singapore, LEGO – Amazon Singapore, Melissa & Doug – Amazon Singapore, Meri Meri – Amazon Singapore, BABYCOW – Amazon Singapore, Playmobil – Amazon Singapore, Unsplash, Smiggle, Tool Daily – Amazon Singapore & Toyvian – Amazon Singapore