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Five of the best toddler advent calendars

Counting down to Christmas is more fun then ever with these five advent calendars – and they don’t cost the earth (one is even free).

1) In the Night Garden

Night Garden live

It’s free and it features Iggle Piggle – it’s perfect!

Toddlers love Iggle Piggle and friends and they’ll love In the Night Garden’s free online advent calendar. Click on the date and you’ll be treated to a surprise, whether it’s Iggle Piggle singing or Makka Pakka to colour in with your cursor. You can also be in with the chance of winning £150,000 prizes including books and tickets to In the Night Garden Live in 2016.


2) Toot Toot

Toot Toot

A toy and a calendar in one

This Toot Toot calendar has everything. With books and toys, including a a Sleigh and detachable trailer, the box folds down to provide a Christmas-themed road, while some of the play pieces have songs and sound-effects. At £25 it’s not cheap but you’ll get an impressive new toy.


3) Melissa and Doug

Melissa and Doug

This wooden and magnetic calendar is reusable and, at £12, it’s a bargain

Famed for their classic wooden toys, Melissa and Doug do a great reusable advent calendar with magnetic numbers to count down until the big day. At £12 it’s great value for money.


4) Minions


If you don’t mind a chocolate calendar this Minions one will be a hit

Not every parent wants to give their little one chocolate but, if you don’t mind, then this Minions calendar (£1 from Poundland) is sure to be a hit, especially given the RRP is £5.99. Although, maybe it’s just my toddler who is a Minion’s obsessive.


5) Nativity


Download this design for a traditional calendar with a twist

For a traditional calendar that you can build yourself head to Etsy. It costs £3.26 to download the four designs you need to build the scene, then your little one can add 24 pieces as the days countdown.


PS  And for mums… this ‘calendar’ has been doing the rounds on Facebook


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24 days will pass in a blur!