COUNTING down the days to Christmas wouldn’t be the same without an advent calendar.
Last year saw a boom in quirky alternatives aimed at adults, filled with goodies such as candles, make-up and gin.
We asked four-year-olds Cassidy and Tanaka, and eight-year-olds Anya and William, to give their verdict on advent calendars for their age group and rate them out of five[/caption]
But 2018 is all about the kids, with calendars packed full of everything from Lego and Barbie to wildlife and stationery.
December is just one week away, so you don’t want to run the risk of them selling out – and you will find many have been discounted in today’s Black Friday sales.
To avoid disappointing your little one on December 1, Jessica Lester asked four-year-olds Cassidy and Tanaka, and eight-year-olds Anya and William, to give their verdict on advent calendars for their age group and rate them out of five.
Block Tech Advent Calendar, Aldi, 4+ , £6.99: “It’s not Lego but it looks like it, so that doesn’t matter.
“I like building things and I think I’d make something every day.
“I even got a figure that looks like my favourite superhero, Venom. But it would be cooler if they were all superheroes.”
BEST FOR CREATIVE MINDS…Play-Doh Advent Calendar, Debenhams, 3+, £12 (sale): “Play-Doh is my favourite. I like it because I can make things with the tools from the calendar, and the smell of it is really nice.
“It even has five different colours. Blue is the best one.
“It’s fun – if I got this before Christmas I’d be really happy.”
Paw Patrol Advent Calendar, Argos, 3+, £15: “Paw Patrol is cool but there’s not much to build after the first door. It’s all the characters from the TV show.
“I need Mum to help me with this one as the pieces are small.”
LOL Surprise Outfit Of The Day Figures, Argos, 4+, £29.99: “I have these dolls at home and mine don’t have any outfits, so this is exactly what I want around Christmas.
“Every day I could put my doll in a different dress and she would look so cute.
“You even get a doll in here.”
BEST FOR YOUNGSTERS… Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendar, Aldi, 3+, £9.99: “Wow! This one is so big – it’s taller than me.
“I can’t read the letters in the books but I would get Mummy to read me the stories before bed and one day I will be able to read them all myself.
“I picked out a Bambi book and I can’t wait to hear it. I love this calendar”
VTech Toot-Toot Friends Advent Calendar, Very, 1-5, £19.99 (sale): “It looks like Christmas in this box.
“Father Christmas is the first figure and he makes me so happy – he even sings the best Christmas songs.
“I love these toys as they are not too small and I would play with them every single day.”
Fashion Advent Calendar, Aldi, ages 8+, £6.99: “I love dressing up and I’m a real girly girl so I like all the make-up. But some of the pieces are boring and you need more than one item to enjoy it, which makes it a bit difficult if you get just one per day.”
GIRLS’ FAVOURITE… Lego Friends Advent Calendar, Debenhams, 6-12, £20.70 (sale): “I have Lego Friends at home so this is great. The girls on the front look like me and my friends, and I love how you can make your own decorations. I want to hang these up on our tree.”
Barbie Advent Calendar, Debenhams, 4+, £28[/caption]
Barbie Advent Calendar, Debenhams, 4+, £28: “There are different outfits for the Barbie doll, like skiing and ballet. That’s really fun to change her outfit but I don’t think I’d play with it every day as there are only so many outfits in here.”
Playmobil Santa’s Workshop 9264 Advent Calendar, Asda, 4+, £14.97 (sale)[/caption]
Playmobil Santa’s Workshop 9264 Advent Calendar, Asda, 4+, £14.97 (sale): “There are so many little pieces included in this that I think I’d lose some before I had collected them all. And younger kids would need a lot of help with this.”
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Lego City 60201 Advent Calendar, John Lewis, 5-12, £18 (sale): “I love Lego, but this is a little bit boring. If my mum bought it for me I’d play with it and make things but I wouldn’t love it. It is basic – there are lots of better Legos available than this.”
BOYS’ FAVOURITE… Schleich Wildlife Advent Calendar, Argos, 3-8, £24.99: “All the animals look super real. The snake and bear would look good in a zoo, and they are scary. The pieces look really cool together and each day I’d make up a scene and stories with the animals.”
Lego Star Wars 75213 Advent Calendar, John Lewis, 6-14, £18: “This Lego calendar is so much better as it’s Star Wars themed, which is cool. I love the characters and I can act out scenes from the films. But you’d have to like Star Wars.”
Smiggle Stationery Advent Calendar, Smiggle.co.uk, 5+, £22.50 (sale): “It looks a bit babyish, but the pen had a cool puzzle on the end and I’d show that to my school-friends. It smells nice from the fruity scented pens but it’s not exciting.”