Lego Advent calendar roundup

So we are about to end the year so this seems like a good time to wrap up the Lego advent calendar review we run across all of December.

Overall, we had fun with both advent calendars and know that we now have more quality Lego in the house (rather than cheap chocolate in tummies or other tokens to deal with).

2015 Lego advent calendars in full

Calendar content

I wrote about the content of the calendars each day, and quite a variety of items were received. You can see images of each day’s calendar in the following reviews:

Lego Santa beside two Christmas treesMy five year old says her favourite items were Santa’s head (city) and “from Friends, the rabbit and Christmas tree the same much”.

Her seven year old brother’s favourites were Santa and the catapult.

I may be biased but I also loved Santa, especially on his chair beside a Christmas tree.

Overall thoughts

“Great! I liked them because we have to open them up and build for each. And I love chocolate. I like the Christmas tree because it’s like our Christmas tree. I love the Lego calendar because you can mix things up and put them in a different order, “says my five year old. Note she was given a chocolate advent calendar so was also doing that each day, thus the chocolate comment!

My son’s summary was “It’s awesome!!! It was cool to have it as a theme and I like City more than Friends (but I’m not really sure why!)”

So going back to the original questions, I think there is value in these calendars – buying them on special certainly helps as they are not cheap (especially if buying more than one). But given there is real Lego to keep forever, the kids are practising counting and number skills, it is fun, each day involved fine motor skills, and we had a family activity, I think it was worth the money.

I admit I had previously thought of buying Lego in other ways and making my own Lego advent calendar to get greater financial value. That would mean a lot of time and effort on my part, and would not have 24 little self-contained sets so any money saved in the upfront cost would not be worthwhile.

Repeat advent calendars?

The real test of how good the calendars were is whether or not we’d do it again next year…

Personally, I think we will do them again next year (unless the kids completely lose interest in Lego between now and then which is extremely unlikely!)

Mr seven replied with “I would like another one next year, but would be even happier if it was a ninjago calendar!”

Miss five answered “I want to do it again, too, but I’d like it to be a Frozen baby theme calendar.”

What do you think – would you have a Lego advent calendar next year based on our reviews or your experience of them?

And importantly, if we use advent calendars in 2016, would you enjoy another set of daily reviews? Or maybe just weekly updates…

11 Responses to Lego Advent calendar roundup

  • ellyjude says:

    The year has just began. I would like to hear the resolutions of the members of this forum. Kindly keep your posts coming.

  • rbcarroll says:

    We did one Lego advent last year (for my son, it was the one with the cop and robber) and one Playmobil advent. I love the Playmobil advents, you should really check them out. The Lego ones are nice too, but I feel like from year to year they have very little variance in what’s in them… though, my kids probably don’t care about that.

    • Thanks for that idea, Rachel – I hadn’t heard of the Playmobil advent calendars so I’ll see what I can find before this December 🙂

      My kids wouldn’t care if the Lego was repeated to be honest – especially 12 months later as they will have forgotten much of it by then! But it would be more interesting for us to see a different range of Lego coming through each year.

  • ellyjude says:

    Hello there guys? Ever since we round up this Lego advent calender no member has ever visited this site again. Let’s keep this forum running till the last minute if December 24th 2016. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  • clair02 says:

    I’m new to this site, but I’m so glad I found it in time to start preparations for this year’s Christmas holiday season. I live in a part of the world where Christmas in July is a big thing, but we also love to celebrate in December as well (only thing missing will be the snow) So thank you so much for all the great articles and the wonderful tips and ideas that you share here.

    • Christmas does need to arrive all of a sudden, doesn’t it? So it is good when you can prepare in advance a bit – I have some crafts lined up to do with my kids later this week, for example!

      You are welcome, Clair – I love Christmas and it is a time of sharing, to my mind, so I just extend that to the rest of the year as well 🙂 Christmas in July or December – neither have snow for most Aussies so it really doesn’t feature in our celebrations or expectations either.

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