Christmas lights are being switched on, supermarket shelves are groaning with kingsize tins of chocolates, shops are filled with Christmas muzak . The countdown has started. My kids are on repeat “How many days till Christmas”, “For Christmas I want”, “How long till Santa comes”. There’s nothing like a decent Christmas advent calendar to contain the excitement. This year I want something different, an alternative Christmas advent calendar for children, not one stuffed with chocolate.
I am treating Wonder Boy and Super Girl to the LEGO City Advent Calendar. They don’t know it yet, they’re going to get a surprise at breakfast on 1 December, I can’t wait to see their little faces.
So here are my 10 alternative Christmas advent calendars for children, enjoy!
1. LEGO City Christmas Advent Calendar
We’re going to be regular visitors to Lego City with the LEGO City Advent Calendar
in the lead up to Christmas. As well as Lego City there is the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar, the girls are dressing the Christmas tree, and LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar
for any budding Jedi Knight.
Amazon: LEGO City Advent Calendar from £16.49
2. Play-Doh Christmas Advent Calendar
Now this is a great sensory advent calendar, get the kids busy with a Play-Doh Advent Calendar
not munching chocolate. In the countdown to Christmas little hands can squeeze, squash, mould and make Christmas surprises with Play-Doh, star stamper and christmas moulds and sparkle cans. I’m getting excited!
Amazon: Play-Doh Advent Calendar from £12.74
3. Moomin Christmas Advent Calendar
Who can resist Tove Jansson’s Moomin. White, blobbish, with little snouts part piglet part hippopotamus. They live a carefree existence in Moomin Valley getting up to all sorts of adventures. In the run up to Christmas children can enjoy drop into Moomin Valley and greet a new character each day with the Moomin Advent Calendar.
Moomin shop: Moomin Advent Calendar £32.90
4. Nordic House Colour In Poster
Snuggle in for a Scandinavian Christmas with this Nordic House Colour In Poster a brilliant alternative Christmas advent calendar for children. Kids can create their own Nordic Christmas scene as they count the days to Christmas.
Etsy: Nordic House Colour In Poster £10.00
5. 24 Sleeps ’til Christmas Advent Book
Part advent calendar, part activity book with puzzles, doodles and Christmas carols the 24 Sleeps Advent Book keep little ones’ minds and hands busy as they eagerly await Santa’s arrival.
Notonthehighstreet.com: 24 Sleeps Advent Book £15.00
6. Good Gifts Christmas Advent Calendar
Christmas isn’t just about getting stuff for ourselves, however nice that might be. It’s a time to think about people who might not be so lucky as us. Feel good with the Good Gifts Advent Calendar, each day represents a gift from a seeds for a farmer, life-saving medicines, to a ball for a kids without toys.
Good Gifts: Good Gifts Advent Calendar £14.95
7. Playmobil Christmas Advent Calendars
Playmobil have have a big range of alternative Christmas advent calendars for children. Kids can join Santa on the farm with the The Farm Advent Calendar with Santa Playset, decorate the Christmas Room with Tree, help out in Santa’s Workshop, be bang on trend and join Santa in Unicorn Fairyland.
There is a Pirate Treasure Island Advent Calendar Playset, Snowy Park Ice Skating even a Dragons Treasure Battle – it’s all here with Playmobil!
Psst and if you are heading my way to Paris you can also visit the Playmobil Funpark
Amazon: from £14.00
8. Usborne Christmas Advent Calendar to Colour
I’ve actually bought this calendar twice for my kids and they loved it, they never tired of colouring in this Christmas advent calendar. But they were pretty little then. The Usborne Advent Calendar to Colour is a great alternative Christmas advent calendar for children helping to calm and manage Christmas excitement and nerves.
Usborne Children’s Books: £6.99
9. Eric Carle’s Dream SnowPop-Up Christmas Advent Calendar
We love The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Carle has a this wonderful pop-up Christmas advent calendar based on his story Eric Carle’s Dream Snow: Pop-Up Advent Calendar about a farmer who just has five animals and a tree. One night he dreams that snow has fallen, then he realises it’s Christmas, and delivers surprise presents to his animals and tree.
Amazon: Eric Carle’s Dream Snow: Pop-Up Advent Calendar £8.39
10. Personalised Photo Christmas Advent Calendar
Now I love this. A personalised photo Christmas Advent Calendar. I am going to get this for our family Christmas Advent calendar. Why should the kids have all the fun? We’ve just had our first year in Paris and this will be a brilliant way to relive our memories from this year! I can’t wait – bring on Christmas!
Not On The High Street: Personalised photo Christmas Advent calendar £14.46
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Picture credits: Not On The High Street, Usborne Children’s Books, Good Gifts, The Moomin Shop