A toy advent calendar for toddlers and preschoolers can be a great way to celebrate the holiday and get your child even more excited about Christmas.
Advent calendars are a wonderful tradition that many families use to countdown the days until Christmas day, but when you have younger kids it can be difficult to find age appropriate calendars that get them involved as well.
Fortunately as toy advent calendars become more popular, there are more options available for toddlers ages 1 up to 5 years old. Although most older kids enjoy the LEGO advent calendars younger kids may not be ready for those small of pieces yet which is why I have come up with alternatives that are still just as fun.
The Best Toy Advent Calendars for Toddlers
Fisher Price Little People Advent Calendar
This advent calendar featuring Fisher Price Little People characters and accessories is one of the only ones that I was able to find that was age appropriate for younger toddlers under the age of 3. This one is actually recommended for kids ages 1 to 5 years old.
There are 24 doors you open that have some sort of Little People character or accessory behind it. Start the calendar on December 1st and you have everyday ready up to the day before Christmas.
Some of the items that your child will get in the calendar include a Santa figure, an elf figure, a reindeer figure, presents, a Christmas tree, and much more. Any young child who enjoys playing with Little People will absolutely love getting all these characters and accessories.
Here’s a picture of what you can expect to receive in this set.
The neat thing about this advent calendar toy set is that you can bring it out next Christmas for your child to play with or you can even use the same pieces in your own DIY advent calendar to open. Or if your child really likes it, let them play with the figures all year long and simply add it to the Little People sets they already have.
If you really like this Little People advent calendar, be sure to check out the Little People Christmas train to go with it as well.
Play-Doh Advent Calendar
Got a little fan of Play-Doh at home? If so, then this advent calendar that comes with not only 5 cans of Play-Doh but also 24 accessories that can be used to play with the dough is perfect for your child.
There are 24 secret doors that are opened every day to countdown the days until Christmas. Each doors hold a new surprise that can be used to make different play-dough items including all types of molds and tools to make a winter scene.
One of the tubs of play-dough is even a sparkle one which means your child can make sparkling stars and snowballs which is really cool.
The set is recommended for ages 3 years and up but if your toddler already plays with play-doh and they are younger than 3, they should be able to enjoy this calendar as well.
The thing that I really like about this set is not only is great for toddlers and younger kids but even older kids over the age of 8 will enjoy the play-doh.
Fisher Price Thomas the Train Minis Advent Calendar
I know there are lots of toddlers and preschoolers that love Thomas the Train or anything to do with trains.
With this set you get 24 Thomas and Friends mini trains to play with on the playmat scene which features the tracks in a snowy Sodor Island. There are even 6 exclusive Christmas themed mini trains for this set.
The trains can all easily connect together to form one big train or keep them to a few different sets and have them race along the tracks.
Your child will look forward to opening one of the surprise doors every day in December just to see which Thomas and Friends train he got that day.
Crayola Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar Activity Set
This is a new advent calendar for 2016 and it looks super cool for kids.
There are 24 different gifts inside, one for each day leading up to Christmas. Some of the items included in the set include modeling clay, glue stick, sparkle crayons, markers, and glitter glue.
Not only do you get to open up the 24 doors each day but it also comes with 17 different holiday projects including ornaments, coloring pages, a letter to Santa and gift tags.
Here is a look at everything you get with this set, which comes at a great price for what you do get.
As you can see this advent calendar will keep your child busy all season long and is a great way to incorporate some crafts into the holiday as well.
Imaginext Advent Calendar
This is another great toy advent calendar for toddlers as well as even slightly older kids up to around 8 years old.
Fisher Price Imaginext toys are pretty popular between all the different lines of toys they have and this advent calendar features some great characters and accessories to add to any Imaginext sets your child may already have.
It comes with 3 different figures as well as a motorcycle and many more accessories to go with the set. The neat thing about this particular set is that your child can play with it all year long so you definitely get your money out of it especially if he already has Imaginext toys that he can simply add these to.
If you a slightly older child (4 or 5 years old and up), I would definitely check out the LEGO advent calendars as well as the Playmobil advent calendars. Although the pieces may be too young for younger toddlers, they are such nice sets for older kids and could be an option of you want your kids to have different advent calendars if you have more than one child.
Every year LEGO releases different sets for the different themes including LEGO Friends, LEGO City, and even LEGO Star Wars. These sets work like the ones above in which you get 24 different items to build and play with.
There is also a great selection of Playmobil advent calendars which are really similar to the LEGO sets in which you get figures and can build accessories to go with them. There are even Playmobil advent calendars that feature princesses, dragons, dinosaurs, tea parties and then of course many different winter and Christmas themed sets including Santa and winter wonderlands.
Be sure to check out all the Playmobil advent calendars to choose from.
Keep these sets in mind for older kids as well as the really net toy advent calendars for toddlers featured above and start a new holiday tradition with your children this year.