Best Advent Calendars For Kids

One thing my boys look forward to doing each holiday season is picking out a special Advent calendar and opening it each morning throughout December to see what little surprise is inside. While they are still searching for the perfect Advent calendar this year, I thought it would be fun to gather up some of the favorites I’ve found online in case you are still needing to grab a calendar as well. Some of these Advent calendars are for little kids and some are for older kids. (And parents, don’t feel sad because they make Advent calendars for us too….I have my eye on the cheese one at Target this year!)

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LEGO City Advent Calendar

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Eric Carle’s Pop-Up Advent Calendar

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Paw Patrol Advent Calendar

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Crayola Activity Advent Calendar

 

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PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendar

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Frozen Disney Olaf’s Adventure Advent Calendar

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Melissa & Doug Wooden Advent Calendar

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Play-Doh Advent Calendar

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VTech Go! Go! Smart Animals Advent Calendar

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Funko Harry Potter Advent Calendar

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Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price Advent Calendar

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Mars Assorted Candy Christmas Advent Calendar

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Stuffed Christmas Tree Fabric Advent Calendar

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Schleich Farm World Advent Calendar

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Felt Christmas Countdown Garland

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LEGO Friends Advent Calendar

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Peaceful Prince Chocolate Advent Calendar

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Barbie Advent Calendar

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PLAYMOBIL® NHL Advent Calendar

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Hot Wheels Advent Calendar

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When my boys were toddler and preschool age we also enjoyed doing the Truth In The Tinsel Advent series. If you are interested in spending December impressing God’s Word on your kids’ heart this is something you’ll want to check out! You get 24 days of Scripture reading, ornament crafts, talking points and extension activities plus fun printables and templates! Learn more and get the ebook here.

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Truth In The Tinsel: Advent Ebook For Little Kids

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Spend December impressing God’s Word on your kids’ heart! You’ll get 24 days of Scripture reading, ornament crafts, talking points and extension activities. Plus fun printables and templates!

This is the perfect book for kids of any age–from preschool to elementary!

I loved this ebook and enjoyed spending time making Advent crafts with my children a couple years ago. I’m excited to go through this ebook again with them this year.

Learn more about the ebook and purchase it here: Truth in the Tinsel (Use code MAKINGTIME for 20% off the ebook!)

Truth In The Tinsel: Advent Experience For Little Hands {New Ornaments!}

Spend December impressing God’s Word on your kids’ heart! You’ll get 24 days of Scripture reading, ornament crafts, talking points and extension activities. Plus fun printables and templates! You can read my review of last year’s Truth In The Tinsel ebook here.

This is the perfect book for kids of any age–from preschool to elementary!

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NEW for 2012! Get the printable Truth in the Tinsel ornaments! Use these on days you’re too busy to do a big craft, for toddlers, while you’re at Grandma’s or if you just want to save a little money on supplies!

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Advent Day #14

Today’s Truth In The Tinsel ornament was making a stable. I liked this craft because it was quick and easy. We talked about how the stable probably smelled like stinky animals and Jacob thought that was hilarious. (Also, in case you missed my CHRISTmas post- there are a lot of ideas for Nativity crafts in there).

Advent Day #12 {“I Spy” Craft Tutorial}

For today’s ornament in the Truth In The Tinsel the theme was census and we made an “I Spy” Mary and Joseph craft using M&M’s for Mary and Joseph. We didn’t have a baby food jar so we used a snack size apple container instead. Here’s how we made it:

How to make an "I Spy" Ornament

If you want to make this ornament I would use the baby food jar if you have it because the one I made I can’t really put on a string to hang it. I think this would be a great craft to make at any time of the year though. It would be fun to make an “I Spy” Jar for every theme that we did and hide things that go with the theme.

CHRISTmas Crafts

We are making an ornament a day using the Truth in the Tinsel Advent e-book but I wanted to share some other Advent inspired crafts others are making. {Click on the links to be taken to the posts they come from.}

Printable Nativity Set

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Advent Wreath

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Baby Jesus On Construction Paper

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Gingerbread Nativity

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Coffee Filter Angel

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Advent Coloring Pages

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Baby Jesus Craft

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Golden Cork Angel

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Nativity In A Pot

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You may also enjoy my post on 7 ways to celebrate the reason for the season!

Truth In The Tinsel- 20% Off Today Only {And A Special 12 Days Plan}

If you have been following my blog you know that we have been doing an Advent ornament a day using the Truth In The Tinsel: An Advent Experience For Little Hands book as a guide. If you were bummed that you missed your chance to join in I have good news… it’s not too late!!!

Amanda is offering 20% off Truth In The Tinsel TODAY ONLY! You will also get a modified Advent plan so that you can go through the whole thing in 12 days. This book is amazing and it’s been really helpful in providing an outline of what to talk about and do to teach my three year old about the Christmas story.

I really recommend getting this book if you haven’t already. You can read my review here or purchase it on sale here. Use code 12DAYS to get 20% off (which is $1) the ebook. The sale ends midnight ET.

Advent Day #11

Today’s ornament from Truth In The Tinsel was about Jesus’ name. I liked Amanda’s craft for this but wanted to make it simpler for my three year old so we just used foam stickers for the letters. We talked about why that name was chosen and the letters in Jesus’ name and how His name starts with the same letter that Jacob’s does.

Advent Day #10

You may have noticed that we skipped yesterday’s Advent Ornament…that’s because we didn’t get a chance to do it. We did yesterday’s craft today and will be skipping today’s craft to get back on track. Here is the ornament Jacob made today:

Every day I am amazed at how much Jacob is learning. When I got the glitter paint out he noticed one color we had the other day was missing. He then made sure to use a crayon to put all the facial features on Joseph (including ears) and even made a little mouth with the glitter glue. Now we have a set- Mary and Joseph.

Advent Day #8

Today’s Truth In The Tinsel ornament was to make the sun. We substituted glitter paint for glitter foam and Jacob smeared the paint all over the ornament (which is a great sensory activity for him). He handled it okay but as soon as he was done he wanted his hand cleaned off.

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If you are participating in Truth In The Tinsel, how is it going? Are your children liking the activities?

Advent Days #6 and #7

There was no post yesterday for day #6 because the boys enjoyed painting Mary and Elizabeth so much that they painted right through the paper and it was all ripped up.

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Ornament for Day #7

Today we talked about Mary’s song. Jacob enjoyed gluing on these sequins to a CD and it was an easy craft for me to set up for him. I think it turned out great!

Advent Day #5

Our ornament from the Truth In The Tinsel ebook today was Mary. Jacob liked using the Elmer’s 3D Paint Pens to decorate her dress. After looking at the finished product we should have probably added hair so it looked like a girl but I think it still looks cute.

Advent Day #4

For today’s Truth In The Tinsel craft we made a Gabriel ornament. I thought it was a really cute idea but it was not really a craft Jake could make. I think next year I will have Jacob decorate the wrapping  paper with glitter glue before I make it into a fan.

Advent Day #3

Today's Ornament: Zechariah

Today’s ornament from the Truth In The Tinsel: An Advent Experience For Little Hands ebook was Zechariah. I like how Amanda had us use a bubble from a piece of bubble wrap as the mouth and then pop it to represent that Zechariah was unable to speak because he didn’t believe God.

{Real life—> Zechariah is now missing a nose because Jacob ate the piece of dry pasta that had been glued down…}

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Linked up to Holiday Kid Craft Hop

Advent Day #2

"And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

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Today’s craft idea came from Truth In The Tinsel: An Advent Experience For Little Hands.

“Baby Jesus have a crown on his head.” -Jacob, age 3

FREE Family Advent E-Book

Women of Faith is offering a free download of A Family Advent book now through December 31st. This e-book is 106 pages long and I took a glance inside it and am excited to read through it.

They are also offering other freebies, sales, contests, and more in their Countdown To Christmas. Each day is a new surprise! You can find their Countdown to Christmas (which starts today) here.

Enjoy!

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Jacob helping Lucas open his advent calendar :)

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