Get the kids to kickstart their Christmas countdown with these fun and creative kids’ Advent Calendars! Yes, it’s super early to be thinking about Christmas – but we need something to look forward to (plus these Advent calendars sell out fast!)
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 count down until Christmas day! The supermarkets are usually packed with chocolate Advent calendars 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 awesome kids’ Advent calendars. Get your kids’ Advent calendar ordered early as you’ll need to have it ready for the first day of December – and if you are filling yours up with treats yourself you’ll need time to plan that. You can buy $2 toys and trinkets from Daiso to fill them with, sweets or just write notes with activity ideas (like movie night, an hour extra of staying up late, ice cream – we made some here that you can download for free!) There’s even a reverse Advent calendar idea to get your kids excited to give back to those who need it most during this holiday season!
↓ Read on for some great Advent calendars to celebrate the season with!
1. Fabric Advent Calendars
I have great memories of my mother’s fabric Advent calendar which she made from scratch – a glorious green padded Christmas Tree design with numbers sewn into the points where little presents and candies were hung all wrapped up. Fabric Advent calendars make a more sustainable choice in the long run since you can reuse them each year, and they become a much-loved family festive tradition. If you’re not a crafting enthusiast, or you simply don’t have the time to make a fabric Advent calendar for your kids, then check out Etsy for a wide range of colourful, customisable kids’ Advent calendars made from material.
2. LEGO Marvel Advent Calendar
What’s better than a regular ole kids’ Advent calendar? Ok apart from a chocolate Advent calendar? A buildable one, of course! LEGO Advent calendars are always a hit with kids, and the LEGO Marvel The Avengers Advent Calendar will get kiddos excited with its 24 doors of lego fun. This Advent calendar includes 7 mini figures including Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain Marvel and other amazing accessories from the Marvel Universe that kids will love. If your kids are into other LEGO themes – there’s usually one to suit from LEGO Friends to LEGO Harry Potter and other themes!
3. Elf on the Shelf
Ok so this guy is not really an Advent calendar. But it’s something fun to do every morning in the lead up to Christmas. How it works is this: parents ‘adopt’ (read buy from Amazon.sg) a Scout Elf who arrives at your door (we love that the Elfs come in different ethnicities) with a book that you can read to your kids to explain how it works. Elf on the Shelf reports on the family’s behaviour to Santa each night. So instead of mums and dads saying “Santa is watching” you can just point to ole Scout Elf here and give your kids a knowing look. Every morning Scout Elf will be miraculously in a different position around the house (you might need to help him out with this part) for the kiddos to wake up and discover!
4. Wooden Gingerbread House Advent Calendar
The numbered drawers on this adorable Gingerbread House kids’ Advent calendar by HearthSong 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.
5. Melissa & Doug Wooden Advent Calendar
This Melissa & Doug wooden 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.
6. DIY Paper Advent Calendars
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.
7. Arts & Crafts Advent Calendar
This Arts & Crafts Christmas Advent Calendar offers 24 daily surprises for little kids – each that is an arts & crafts activity that will yield 24 season DIY ornaments and table decorations to be proudly hand made by your kids. It’s the perfect daily activity kit for kids aged 6 and above!
8. ‘Old-fashioned’ Picture Advent Calendars
You may be thinking why is it necessary to gift kids something every single day in December even if it is just chocolate or a little knick-knack. Maybe you are over all the plastic (we hear you!). That’s when a good old fashioned picture advent calendar comes in. These are very affordable and make a lovely festive decoration. Each day the kids can open a door to reveal a picture behind it. There are plenty of options on Amazon Singapore that are colourful and easy to assemble.
9. Playmobil Advent Calendar
Smaller hands will prefer the Playmobil kids’ Advent calendar to the LEGO advent calendar mentioned earlier. 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.
10. 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 basket, 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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11. Smiggle Stationery Advent Calendar
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!
12. Hot Wheels Advent Calendar
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 playmat to zoom your cars on.
BONUS: Adult Advent Calendars
Looking for your own advent calendar mums and dads? Jo Malone’s advent calendar is always one of the most popular on offer every Christmas (and it just dropped so hurry before it sells out!) It features 24 luxe treats in a beautiful box. Other fun adult advent calendar ideas include Pukka Tea (a different herbal teabag every day!) and one of our favourite beauty go-to’s Sephora! For beer-lovers there’s Thirsty ‘Jingle Beers’ Christmas Advent Calendar (24 craft beers and a glass) and really, there’s pretty much a calendar for every interest these days!
Let the count down to Christmas begin!