3 Great Advent Calendars for Kids

If your kids are already counting the days til Christmas, add to the anticipation with one of these fantastic Advent Calendars.

If your kids are already counting the days til Christmas, add to the anticipation with one of these fantastic Advent Calendars. Each day from the first of Advent (this year it's Sunday, December 1) until the last day of Advent (Tuesday, December 24) kids can find a small hidden treat, toy or message for each day.


Here are three of our favorite picks for great kids Advent Calendars:

The Advent Calendar Pony FarmPlaymobil is a perfect choice for Advent Calendars, as each day reveals a toy which kids can continue to play with all year round. The Advent Calendar Pony Farm ($26.99, ages 4-10) pictured here comes with a country scene backdrop and then each day's gift adds another piece is to the farm. There are also hidden surprises kids will love, like a small puzzle. Other themes from Playmobil include Police Detective ($26.99, ages 4-10).


Lego Friends Advent CalendarLEGO Advent calendars come with a selection of minifigures as well as LEGO building pieces, which are excellent for both building and imaginative play . Choices include the LEGO City Advent Calendar ($34.99, ages 5-12), with 24 City-themed gifts, as well as a Star Wars Advent Calendar ($49.99, ages 7-12), which is pictured here. There's also a LEGO Friends Advent Calendar, geared towards girls with 24 gifts including two mini-doll figures ($34.99, ages 5-12).


Telluride Advent CalendarPottery Barn Kids has several beautiful Advent calendars to choose from (and they're on sale!), all which have pockets that can be filled with your choice of toys, treats or notes. Pictured here is the Telluride Advent Calendar ($69, on sale for $55). Other options include the Santa Face Advent Calendar ($59 on sale for $47) and The Elf on the Shelf Advent Calendar ($69 on sale for $55). Best of all, these can be used year after year.


Do you have a favorite Advent calendar tradition? Please share!

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