The countdown to Christmas is a special time for kids and families. Our family has made DIY advent calendars which encourage sibling kindness and reading advent poetry, but we also love more traditional choices. Incorporating an unique advent calendar for kids into your Christmas routine–with a little surprise for each day of Decemeber–makes the holiday season even more enjoyable.
I have a history of being
cheap frugal but one year I finally broke down and spent money on an advent calendar for the kids and it was so much fun that I’ve never looked back. This year I even bought myself my very own advent calendar! Alternatively, you can invest in a reusable advent calendar so you don’t have to buy one every year.
Here’s a tip: if you love one of these unique advent calendars for kids, don’t wait! The most popular advent calendars sell out quickly!
I chose fun advent calendars in the following categories:
- Pop-Up advent calendars
- Toy advent calendars
- Arts & Craft advent calendars
- Reusable advent calendars
Scroll down to see them all! (Note: this post contains affiliate links.)
Pop-up advent calendars range from simple to complex. Take a look at these fun choices!
This amazing Harry Potter Pop-Up Advent Calendar is new this year and my kids were so excited when Insight sent us one to try out! A large, sturdy book opens and up pops a huge Christmas tree. 24 doors open to reveal ornaments to hang on the tree each day. The final door reveals a large star for the top. There is also an unnumbered door that conceals a booklet filled with interesting facts about Harry Potter and the Harry Potter films.
I really love the retro feel of this one. Perhaps it’s not technically pop-up, but it’s 3D so I’m asserting my right to include it. The company also makes a nativity themed pop-out advent calendar
You loved the book, now extend the fun for 24 days. Each day’s door opens to reveal a small paper ornament to hang on the pop-up Christmas tree. Pop-up Santa and gifts complete the scene.
The Best Toy Advent Calendars
This has got to be one of the coolest advent calendars I’ve seen and it’s a great choice for older tweens and teens! Each day kids get a new wire puzzle so they can spend the rest of their day working on the brain teaser!
We absolutely adore the LEGO advent calendars, and I started buying one for each kid every year. My youngest always wants Star Wars, and my oldest got the CITY set. Each door opens to reveal a minifigure or a mini-build. Some of the figures are exclusive to the set. The boxes fold out to create a scenic mat for pretend play. The best part of this set is that it keeps your kid busy for more than 30 seconds.
This year LEGO has a new Harry Potter advent calendar. I may have bought one for myself. (Okay, I did.)
Playmobil has LOADS of advent calendar themes. I like this one because I didn’t see many other sports-themed advent calendars. Some of the other choices include:
Daily Advent Crafting Fun!
You can probably tell that I am super into advent calendar ideas that provide an activity! I bet you are always looking for easy ways to keep your kids busy and an art themed calendar is a great choice.
Crayola Advent Calendars.
There are two choices: the Christmas Tree and the Marker Factory. Each calendar includes art supplies to keep your kids creative all month long.
What kid doesn’t like play-doh? This calendar contains supplies to decorate a Christmas tree with play-doh.
Reusable Advent Calendars
No need to buy a new calendar each year. These cute choices will last for a lifetime.
Magnetic Wooden Christmas Tree. Leave it to Melissa and Doug to come up with a charming reusable wooden advent calendar. This tree is so adorable I can hardly stand it.
For those of you who want a nativity scene, this felt calendar will provide joy year after year. The felt figures sit in numbered pockets and stick to the scene with velcro.
Enjoy the season!
More Christmas fun:
- Christmas activity coloring page
- Christmas read alouds for the whole family
- Timeless Christmas picture books