When we were little, we used to countdown to big events or Christmas with “Playschool sleeps” (The Australians will know what I mean). The German system is much more civilised. Children receive an advent calendar count the days until Christmas.
You can buy or make an Advent calender. However, if you are looking for a dinosaur Advent calendar, I’d recommend the latter. For those making their own for their little dinosaur fan, we’ve got some suggestions for the perfect dinosaur gifts for your advent calendar.
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What is an advent calendar?
Advent is the four Sundays before Christmas. The word comes from the Latin word adventus, which means coming. It heralds the coming or birth of Jesus Christ, which is celebrated at Christmas.
Advents calendars count down the days until Christmas. They were first used by German Lutherans in the 19th century. An advent calendar always starts on 1 December and has 24 or 25, depending on when Christmas is celebrated.
Originally, advent calendars revealed pictures and Bible verses each day. Nowadays they will be filled with chocolates or toys or even beer or nail polish. You can buy one finished and ready to use, or make one yourself.
Dinosaur Gifts for your advent calendar
I prefer to make our own advent calendar, wrapping up 24 little presents for our LDA each year. Most gifts are things she needs – like socks and bubble bath mix – with a few dinosaur gifts thrown in.
If you wanted to make your dinosaur advent calendar truly RAWRsome and fill it with all dinosaur gifts for your little dinosaur lover, here’s a few ideas.
Did I mention these also make great stocking stuffers?
1. Lego set
2. A dinosaur keychain
Dinosaur keychains are great gifts for your dinosaur advent calendar. If your little dinosaur fan is not yet old enough to have their own keys, they can hang the keyring on their bag.
3. A book
A dinosaur book is always a great addition to any dinosaur advent calendar. Check out our list of dinosaur Christmas books here.
While you’re looking at undergarments, add some dinosaur socks to your dinosaur advent calendar. I like these grippy ones with a Triceratops and a T-Rex.
6 and 7. Hat and gloves
Over here it’s winter, so anything to help keep our LDA warm is a good thing. These hat and gloves are the perfect practical gifts for your dinosaur advent calendar.
Or 6 and 7. Bathing suit and swimming cap
8. Sticker book
A dinosaur sticker book will keep your little dinosaur fan entertained for hours. Make sure you add one to your dinosaur advent calendar.
9. Another book
Add another book – because you can never have enough.
Some temporary tattoos are easy gifts for your dinosaur advent calendar and kids love them (even if they are not major dinosaur fans). These ones glow in the dark.
11. Magnifying glass
12. Excavation kit
Add a simple flashlight – it’s good for more than dinosaur experiments and shadow puppets.
14. Card game
15. Colouring book
16. Felt-tipped markers
Of course, what good is a colouring book without some markers to colour it in?
17. A small dinosaur
Grab a set of dinosaurs and divide them up – some for your dinosaur Advent calendar, some for the stocking, perhaps some from Santa. This set of large dinosaurs would work, this Jurassic World set is good for a child who is a fan of Camp Cretaceous, or for a younger child try this set with a sound book.
18. Dinosaur mug
19. Dino cookie cutters
Some dinosaur cookie cutters work well in the kitchen and for crafts and are fun gifts for your dinosaur advent calendar, too. We have this set, and some of these fossil cutters too. We used them to make our festive sugar cookies!
If you don’t want to buy a whole set, the Christmas markets in Germany and other places often have stands selling cookie cutters and other fun kitchen gadgets. They often have dinosaur cookie cutters for sale.
20. Dinosaur apron
A dinosaur apron might encourage your little dinosaur fan to get creative in the kitchen.
21. Dinosaur bath bombs
We’re going to be making our own dinosaur bath bombs soon. However, if you don’t have the time, you can get some here. Perfect for your dinosaur Advent calendar and for bath time!
22. Paintable dinosaur
Encourage your budding artist with a paintable dinosaur set.
23. Dinosaur game
24. Ticket to a dinosaur museum
Get some tickets or a voucher for your favourite dinosaur museum or park, or perhaps one you are eager to try out. This supports your local museum and promises your little dinosaur fan a day out at one of their favourite places (when the museums open again).
The Dinosaur Park in Münchehagen has vouchers, for example. You can buy tickets online for The Children’s Museum Indianapolis or the Field Museum in Chicago. The Natural History Museum in London is free to visit, but you can adopt a dinosaur, or even buy a ticket for Dino Snores, the Museum’s sleepover with the dinosaurs.
Dino-fy your Advent calendar this Christmas!
The best dinosaur gifts to use for your Advent calendar or as stocking stuffers and simple ideas to dino-fy your Advent calendar. If you make your child an Advent calendar use as many dinosaurs as you can stand – and watch their excitement. And it is a much simpler way to countdown to Christmas than “Playschool sleeps.” Trust me.