Advent calendars have been a tradition of ours since our boys were very little. They love the excitement of waking up in the morning to a new surprise and to counting down the days until Christmas. They always want to open their advent calendars first thing in the morning, so I am always on the search for a calendar that doesn’t include candy – because who needs the breakfast before dessert argument every morning in December!
These 12 calendars are some of our favorites – inspiring kids with beutiful scenes, creative crafts, fun activities and even toys! There’s something for every kid!
Crayola Advent Calendar – Perfect for creative kids, this advent calendar has a fun craft or activity tucked inside each day.
Eric Carle’s Dream Snow Pop Up Calendar – Picture book fans will delight in this fun calendar! Each day you’ll open a new piece to complete a festive display right out of your child’s favorite storybook!
Lego Duplo My First Number Train – This fun calendar is perfect for preschoolers. Find a new block each day to assemble a Lego Duplo Train!
Ravensburger Create Your Own Christmas Decorations – This Advent calendar will delight children and adults with 24 activities to create their own Christmas decorations, including Ravensburger’s puzzle balls!
Mega Blocks Minions Movie Advent Calendar – Kids can build a festive scene with their favorite calendars each day leading up to Christmas!
Schleich Horse Club Advent Calendar – Horse Club fans will be delighted with the calendar. Each day reveals a figure or accessory, perfect for play time!
VTech Go! Go! Smartwheels Advent Calendar – Little ones will love opening up Smartwheels vehicles accessories and ornaments each day!
Winter’s Night Pop-Up Advent Calendar – Watch a beautiful scene unfold before your eyes with this gorgeously illustrated pop-up calendar.
Cardinal Puzzle Advent Calendar – Each door reveals a new nine inch puzzle to complete, perfect for keeping kids busy and inspiring lots of fun!
Playmobil Christmas Post Office Advent Calendar – Build a fun holiday scene with Playmobil Characters and accessories behind each door!
Elf On The Shelf Advent Calendar – If the elf brings your calendar each year this is a fun way to bring extra elf fun into your home! Open all the windows to reveal a secret message from Santa!
Paddington Bear Advent Calendar – Paddington fans will enjoy discovering stickers behind each door of the calendar!
Love one of these calendars? Let me know in the comments what made it so special for you!