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20 Best Kids Advent Calendars 2023

Excitement for days (and weeks)!

20 Best Kids Advent Calendars 2023

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It can be hard for children to manage their excitement come the holiday season, and it's understandable—there's a lot of fun and festivities packed into a short amount of time. If you're looking to give your child a praise-worthy holiday gift but also teach them about patience, time and variety, a kids advent calendar is a brilliant idea.

From Play-Doh to fishing toys, Barbie to dinosaurs—there's something for every type of little reveler.

What are advent calendars for kids?

Traditionally, advent calendars were used in the Christian faith to count down the days during Advent until Christmas. An advent calendar has 24 little numbered flaps that children can open on each day in December. It's since morphed into more of an agnostic concept, and one that can teach excited children about more than just religion.

Janene Russell, senior product development manager of preschool toys and games for Educational Insights, is a former elementary school teacher and a mom herself.  She likes advent calendars for their ability to help children with timelines.

"Time is such an abstract idea to kids and advent calendars make time visible while counting down to a big holiday. To level up from the traditional chocolate candy and picture calendars, the rise of unique toy advent calendars has been making its way onto kids’ wish lists."

Advent calendars can help children build patience, teach children variety and help them channel the excitement that comes along with delayed gratification. Russell has even seen recent advent calendars that don't focus on toys, such as ones that promote self-confidence and kindness.

"Parents are always looking for more tangible tools to foster mindfulness and empathy and I think advent calendars provide a magical experience to learning such crucial skills," she says.

Our favorite kids advent calendars 2023

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Get that festive, faithful feeling—we rounded up all the best kids' advent calendars for 2023. They're popular picks that may sell out though, so hurry up! Most of these are available through Amazon and offer free shipping with Prime.

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Play-Doh Advent Calendar

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Take the classic preschool toy Play-Doh and up your child's excitement by offering it every day during the month of December. The advent calendar includes everything your child needs to complete two scenes from the box, a snowman one and a gingerbread one. Expect molds, tools and of course, Play-Doh.

PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendar - Christmas Baking

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If your child loves PLAYMOBIL toys for imaginative play and baking, then this is the calendar for you. It has figurines including a Santa, kids and an adult, as well as a snowman, kitchen accessories and other holiday decorations, as well as three cookie cutters and a cookie stamp for real baking.

Matchbox Advent Calendar

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Boys and girls who love Matchbox cars will adore this kids advent calendar, which comes with 24 vehicles and holiday accessories to get kids in the mood for the festivities. The front panel of the box can be used as a playmat for cars at any time. 

Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendar

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For Disney fanatics who are also fiction fans, this storybook collection advent calendar will elicit squeals of joy. There are 24 short stories included pulling from Disney and Pixar classics like The Lion KingFinding Nemo and more. Each book is 24 pages long, which will capture your child's attention span nicely.

National Geographic Daily Science Kit & Rock Collection

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Kids eight and older will love exploring scientific topics with this science and rock collection kit. There are 11 fossils and gemstones mixed in with 13 experiments such as making a test tube glow and growing a crystal tree. On the last day, there's a finale piece featuring a pyrite (fool's gold) rock that they can dig up, just like a real geologist.

2023 Christmas Jigsaw Puzzles Advent Calendar

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Puzzle fans of all ages can get in on the action for this advent calendar, which features 24 miniature jigsaw puzzles, each with 42 pieces. When completed, all the mini puzzles fit together for one giant 1,008-piece puzzle depicting a holiday scene. It's a great way to get the entire family involved and have dedicated family time each night as you try to finish the puzzle together.

My Little Pony: Snow Party Countdown Advent Calendar

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My Little Pony fans of the movie and the toy alike will love this pastel- and gemstone-themed advent calendar, which includes ponies, pets, stickers and critters. Characters include Sunny Starscout, Izzy Moonbow and more, which kids will love playing with while watching My Little Pony: A New Generation.

Madrigal Family Surprises Advent Calendar

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Mirabel fans will go crazy for this Madrigal Family-themed advent calendar, filled with 14 characters like Bruno, Abuela, Dolores and more, plus 13 accessories like animals and magic doors. Kids will be able to recreate their favorite scenes from the movie as well as create new ones.

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Peppa Pig Peppa’s Kids Advent Calendar

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 While we can't guarantee that your child will start talking in a British accent, we can guarantee they'll love this advent calendar. Preschoolers will love playing with the winter wonderland-themed calendar, which includes four coveted Peppa Pig family figurines, as well as holiday accessories like a snowman, wrapped present and sled.

Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar

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If you're more inclined towards a wooden toy, this Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar fits the bill. It has 24 magnetic ornaments and a star topper for the tree. Children match an ornament to the date until the entire tree is decorated.

Barbie Dreamtopia Advent Calendar

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 Over 4,000 people on Amazon have rated this advent calendar, perfect for any Barbie fans. It kicks off with a Barbie on day one, and then there are accessories, clothes and more throughout the month to keep your child delighted and entertained. Barbie can be dressed up as a princess, mermaid or fairy with accessories like tiaras, shoes, a wand and more.

There are even three pets included: a bunny, a baby dragon and a unicorn. Love this? Check out these Barbie books for kids.

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ChapStick Holiday 12-Day Advent Calendar

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Chapped lips are no match for the ChapStick Holiday 12-Day Advent Calendar. It's ideal for kids, teens and adults alike. We love the array of sweet, dessert-themed ChapStick flavors in this set.

2023 Advent Calendar for Kids 24 Days Dinosaur

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Dinosaur devotees will love this advent calendar, which features a train tablecloth and all the pieces you need to make a dinosaur train, including extra surprises like keyrings, rings and even a slap bracelet.

Advent Calendar 2023-24 Days of Surprises Fidget Toys

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Fidgeters will love the variety offered in this 24-piece advent calendar. It includes a bear pop bubble, a sensory ball, two wacky tracks, four stretch noodles and more, all made from non-toxic plastic. Kids who love sensory play or who need fidget distractions will love the anticipation of seeing which toy is next in the lineup.


Playfoam Snowy Friends Preschool Advent Calendar

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Non-toxic play foam and snowy friends are at the center of this 25-piece kids advent calendar, aimed at pre-school-aged children. It comes with 12 snowy friends and 13 bricks of play foam in a variety of colors like white, sparkly and glow-in-the-dark.

They can sculpt the Educational Insights playfoam into a winter wonderland scene and add figurines for endless hours of fun. It doesn't dry out, so you don't have to worry about hard, dried piles of "snow" around your house.

Disney Princess DIY Jewelry Activity Necklace Advent Calendar

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Budding crafters and princess fans alike will love this DIY jewelry advent calendar combo. It comes with 12 princess charms, beads, cords and rings to make all sorts of jewelry. The advent calendar includes 300 pieces that can be used over and over again as a fun and engaging Christmas countdown.

Sources:

Janene Russell, senior product development manager of preschool toys and games for Educational Insights,

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This article was originally published on Aug 09, 2023

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