I’m not a big fan of chocolate Advent calendars. I’m not sure why. Perhaps last year’s error of leaving my (then) three-year-old unsupervised on the first day of Advent with a Frozen calendar served as a warning. By the time I came back in the room, every single door had been opened and there were figures and bits of card strewn everywhere.
If it had been chocolate, there would have been none left. That’s for sure.
Anyway, it led to me having a look at other kinds of Advent calendars and there are some lovely ones.
A little late for this year. Or ridiculously early for 2018, here are some that caught my eye. Most of them have the advantage of being at least partly re-usable.
There are quite a few Lego Advent calendars, including one that enables your child to build a Christmas scene. There’s also a Lego Friends version and a StarWars one.
This Playmobil advent calendar is rather fab. They have a few different versions too.
Tiny pups and other models. Okay-ish. But doesn’t really say magical Christmas to me.
All of these are available from Argos and I’m sure many other places.
I was quite tempted by this one with art materials in as we are heavily into colouring at the moment.
MY LITTLE PONY
This is the Advent calendar the four-year-old would like me to have bought, but I didn’t. Contains stickers and stamps. Underwhelming.
These two are both available on Amazon.
POCKETS OF EXCITEMENT
This is the Advent calendar I’d have bought if I’d been organised enough to get things to put in the pockets. It’s totally reusable too. As I said last year, ‘I’ll do that next year. Definitely’.
I was very tempted by this one – there’s a pop up Christmas scene that you can add to. Looks quite special doesn’t it?
In the end I went for this one. You get a tiny book each day which, by Christmas Eve, has delivered the charming tale of the Nutcracker. It’s been a hit so far.
These last two are also on Amazon and I’m sure elsewhere.