Do you do an Advent Calendar with your kids? Here are several choices, including toy versions that your children will love! Click through to get your started celebrating Advent.

Countdown to Christmas with an Advent Calendar

I think Christmas Advent Calendars are the best. It’s a great visual for the kids to see how many days remaining before Christmas without asking Mom or Dad a million times each day. I’ve already talked about the Advent Calendar that we use at my house, and how much my kids love it.

Do you do an Advent Calendar with your kids? Here are several choices, including toy versions that your children will love! Click through to get your family started celebrating Advent.

There are so many Advent calendars on the market, from toy-inspired for the kids to more stylish, if you want to display it in your home. I’ve chosen a few that are easy; they require no crafty-ness from parents or children.

Toy-Inspired Advent Calendars

This Playmobile Advent calendar has little characters that the kids can set up in scenes and play with if they want to. It’s a farm scene, so if you live out in the country, this would be perfect for your family!

Little People are iconic, and this little advent calendar has several different characters and animals, including a snoman, dog, cat and deer. Mr. and Mrs. Claus are also in the set. This is perfect for toddlers who are liable to chew on toys.

This Lego City Advent Calendar is perfect for older elementary children who love to build things. Everyday is a new tiny set that they have to put together before putting it on display. Again, this is a mini-scene that can be moved around and changed.

This is very kid friendly, but also can be set up in your home as a decoration. This tree is from Melissa and Doug, so you know it’s solidly built and will last a long time. Each day, you simply add an ornament. It’s neat because the kids can pick out whichever ornament they want each day. If you start at the bottom of the tree, with 24, you’ll easily be able to tell how many days remaining before Christmas.

Stylish, Not-So-Childish Advent Calendars

This Advent Calendar looks like a tapestry, and very much like an heirloom that your grandmother might pass down. The pockets hold a small decoration that gets put on the fabric each day. You can put whichever decoration in the pockets, so each year they go on in a different order.

This tapestry advent calendar is different from the other in that you need to fill the pockets yourself. Tiny candies or trinket toys fit perfectly in the pockets. If your child likes Legos, for example, you could put a different minifig in each pocket.

This advent calendar looks very vintage, as if it came from the Victoria era where candles on trees were the norm. It has cleverly disguised doors that you can hide little trinkets inside. The doors are pretty small, so it may need to be small candies, like Hershey’s Kisses or something similar.

This calendar is half premade and half DIY. When you order it, you get the plain white shadow box. You also get a digital download to design and print your own boxes with the numbers. They recommend that you have a Silhouette cutting machine, but I’ve read reviews that say you can just cut them out with scissors as well. One really nice feature is that the boxes are all different sizes, so you can put larger items in the bigger boxes and smaller items in the little boxes. If you make the boxes from a heavier card stock, they will hold up for many years.

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I hope these Advent Calendars have given you some inspiration for your own Christmas season ahead. Plan ahead now so you can start your advent calendar on December 1! If you need more planning tips, check out this roundup of holiday planners to help you prepare for the season.



  • Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms November 26, 2016 at 11:48 am

    These are adorable! I love the wide variety available now!

  • Cat November 26, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    My kids share one Lego avent calendar each year and love it!

  • Millason @SimplyNaturalMama November 26, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I really enjoy religious Advent calendars. Have you found any of those that are pre-made?

    • Rebekah @ My Circus My Monkeys November 26, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Not specifically, but you could definitely use some of the ones where you insert your own trinkets in a religious manner, such as putting in Bible verses telling the Christmas story in each pocket.

  • Vivianna November 26, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I love the variety of options!

  • Naya @ Lactivist in Louboutins November 27, 2016 at 12:04 am

    These are fantastic advent calendars! My oldest is really into Legos, I know he’d love the one you shared!

  • Heather Bock November 27, 2016 at 12:24 am

    We love doing advent calendars! You’ve given a great variety of them.

  • Justine Guest November 27, 2016 at 1:49 am

    We love the Lego calendar but this year, I missed out. I like the idea of fillable ones. Thanks 🙂

  • Doris November 27, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Thank you for sharing your ideas!!!

  • Crystal Ngumezi November 27, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Such a cute idea! I use to love Lego as a kid lol

    • Rebekah @ My Circus My Monkeys November 27, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks! I didn’t know until recently that Lego made Advent calendars!

  • Bethany Mitchell November 27, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    I love the tapestry one!


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