Fancy a break from chocolate this year? We’ve found 5 unusual advent calendars that will keep kids busy long after Christmas Day.
1. Kukkia Apartment 31 Wooden House Advent Calendar
Quite an investment, but this is a beautiful perennial calendar which can be filled with toys, chocolates or other treats. The felt santa hat can be switched for a puff of smoke to use year round for games, learning numbers or storing favourite items. Made from FSC-approved, responsibly sourced beech wood, it’s a very chic addition to any playroom. We particularly love the chalkboard chimney for counting down December’s days.
Get one from Scout & Co Kids, £85
2. Lego Star Wars 2015 Advent Calendar
This has been flying off the shelves and there are only a few left at most retailers but if you are quick there is still time to bag one if you have a mini Sith Lord in the making. The 24 exclusive toys (including 5 character figures and plenty of super cool intergalactic vehicles to build) come with a fold out mat and will be played with long after 25 December. Lego City and Friends versions also available.
Get one from Argos, 24.99
3. Illustries Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar
The new Countdown to Christmas Calendar from Illustries is good looking while on the wall and has a daily activity on the back of each page. From making homemade gingerbread men or decorations to Christmas colouring, this is great for craft-loving kids and parents who have time to see each activity through!
Get one from Illustries, £14.95
4. Schleich Farm Advent Calendar
Another one that has sold out almost everywhere already, Schleich’s festive farmyard comes with the beautiful and hard-wearing animals and accessories that you’d expect from this popular German company. Great for kids who already collect Schleich, this is a fun way to add to their collection while counting down to the big day and the pastoral theme has a wholesome, traditional Christmas feel to it.
Get one from Amazon, £14.50 (RRP £24.99)
5. Ferm Living Kids House Advent Calendar
Easy to store for the rest of the year, this canvas wall hanging has little pockets to tuck small treats into – whether it’s a snack, gift, or handwritten note from Father Christmas to keep good behaviour all month long…
Get one from The Kid Who, £40