Lego is one of the go to toys in our home! The language and learning possibilities are literally endless. As I discussed in a previous post Lego is a great toy to work on problem solving, cooperation, fine motor skills, language development, etc. Therefore, when I first discovered that Lego made advent calendars I was extremely excited!
My kids got their first Lego Advent Calendar three years ago and were thrilled with it. At the time, they weren’t really into Star Wars so we went with the Lego City Advent Calendar. There is also the Lego Friends Advent Calendar which is geared towards girls, but don’t get me started on that. In my opinion there is no need for gender specific toys. A toy is a toy and is meant to be played with by any child!
Lego Advent Calendar: Star Wars or City?
Personally I think that these are both great advent calendars. If your child(ren) is younger and not familiar with Star Wars then I would suggest going with the Lego City calendar. However, if you have a Star Wars enthusiast or an older child, then the choice is pretty obvious. Both calendars contain small pieces so if your child is under 5 make sure they are supervised. You know your child best, so it is up to you to determine if a Lego advent calendar is age appropriate.
What is in each Lego Advent Calendar: Star Wars and City?
With the Star Wars themed calendar you will get vehicles such as a sand crawler, millennium falcon, star destroyer, Jabba’s sail barge and a sleigh, just to name a few. There are also accessory pieces such as a catapult, a gun turret, an Ewok weapon rack and a few more. The box also includes a Star Wars themed play mat.
The Lego City calendar is more general and revolves around a city, just like all of the Lego City products. In this calendar you will receive figures (Santa, Snowman, and various people) as well as accessories such as Santa’s backpack, ice skates, a pie, a camera, a cake, a pretzel and a few others.
Lego comes out with new advent calendars each year, however it really doesn’t matter which year you get. Unfortunately the year is not on the calendar. The only way to know is by doing an online search for the numerical code. For example, the 2015 Lego City advent calendar has a code of 60099 and the Star Wars one is 75097 (75056 is the 2014 version).
Why you SHOULD purchase a Lego advent calendar instead of a traditional advent calendar
1. No Junk Food – It can be challenging making sure your children are making healthy food choices especially around the holidays. Most advent calendars contain waxy chocolate that doesn’t actually taste much like chocolate. I think it is nothing more than melted sugar with chocolate flavoring. Or you can splurge on a Lindt Chocolate Holiday Advent Calendar for about $30. Although Lindt chocolate is amazing, it is still not all that healthy. And, if you are getting this for your children, $30 is a lot for chocolate. The Lego calendars range in price from $29 to $39.
2. A Lego Advent Calendar Is Re-usable – Yes, if you are careful you can use this calendar again, many years in a row. Make sure that you carefully fold open the play mat (do not rip the box open) to reveal the numbers (1-24). Each day, carefully open a door. Encourage your children to keep each item in a safe spot (a resealable plastic bag or small box with lid would work well) so they can all be kept together. That way the items can be played with on the play mat. Once your children have grown bored with the calendar (usually after they have opened their actual Christmas gifts) gather all of the items along with the calendar box and store it until next year. The doors can all be opened again. You can also change the order of each item.
However, as your children get older, they will start realizing that Lego comes out with new calendars each year, and soon enough they will be asking for a new one.
3. These Advent Calendars Will Encourage Play – Children can use their imaginations while playing with their advent calendar. With a traditional chocolate advent calendar the only thing that will happen is eating some chocolate. However, with any advent calendar you can focus on early language such as:
- “open the door“
- “close the door“
- “I pick“
- “My turn“
- labeling the item that is found (this goes for chocolate or Lego items)
Encourage story telling with a Lego Advent Calendar. The play mat that comes with the calendar is a great addition to encourage language and imagination. Talk about each item as you find it and how it might pair well with an item that was found on a previous day!
If you are already partaking in the advent calendar tradition, why not try a Lego calendar! And if you are able to save them to re-use, they may become collectors items one day. I noticed that the Star Wars calendar from 2013 is retailing for $99 on Amazon!
Don’t wait to get one of these as they have been know to sell out mid November!
Do you think you would switch to a Lego advent calendar? Have you purchased any of them in the past? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!