My son is 3 years old and this will be the first year I’ve made an advent calendar for him. He has food allergies and he doesn’t like candy or chocolate so the typical store advent calendars aren’t a fit for him. I’ve started to put together some advent calendar ideas for kids like him who aren’t into sweets and I’m having a lot of fun with it! We started with a free printable advent box template from Crafty Ferret and he helped me put the boxes together. I’m going to fill the boxes after he goes to sleep so I don’t ruin the daily surprises for him.
Advent Calendar Ideas For Kids:
I have a lot of ideas that I’ll have to save for later years when he’s able to read but I’ll note them here for you. My little guy is really into LEGO, anything with wheels (cars, planes, etc.), stickers and Disney movies. The boxes are small so the options may be a little limited for what to put inside each one. I’d love to put a Hot Wheels car in each but (a) he doesn’t need 24 more cars, and (b) I don’t want these daily treats to be too big and take away from the excitement of waiting for his Christmas gifts.
Here are some fun ideas for advent calendar ideas for kids who don’t like sweets:
- single stickers
- LEGO mini figures
- puzzle pieces (start with a picture of the puzzle and then each day he can have 3-4 puzzle pieces to put together so at the end of the calendar, he’ll have an entire puzzle)
- little Christmas jokes
- clues for advent calendar treats that are hidden around the house (for example, a clue to look in the Christmas tree for today’s treat and it would be hidden in the branches)
- a secret message like “find the number 1” and then hide something like a book under the tree wrapped in brown paper with a “1” marked on the package
- miniature cars (he found some of these mini Trash Wheels in his Easter eggs this year)
- coupons like “good for one free hot chocolate with extra marshmallows”
- small ornament for your Christmas tree
- mini cookie cutters
- finger puppets
What do you put inside your advent calendars? Let us know in the comments below.
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