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Ideas - fabric advent calendar treats for 20 month old DD

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TheCaptainsCat Mon 28-Nov-16 21:13:38

Please inspire me!

So far I have:

Organix gingerbread man
Something chocolatey for Christmas Eve

What else could I put in, edible or otherwise?

bigredfireengine Mon 28-Nov-16 22:06:31

Honestly- not really a treat/no sense of wonder unless you don't usually allow raisins.

Buy the playmobil 123 christmas in the forest advent set and put an item in each day? This was a big hit with a 16 month last year. You could us ether same animals next year as well.

howcomes Mon 28-Nov-16 22:11:15

Stickers, large bell to jangle, as the pockets are so small and limiting I always have lucky dip tickets and DS pulls larger things out of a sack. I look out for books/dvds etc at charity shops throughout the year just for lucky dips to keep costs down

SuePerkins Mon 28-Nov-16 22:15:35

I've done a homemade calendar for my son since he was 3 so little older, and we use a box rather than the type with pockets but things that he's enjoyed:
Christmas socks
Novelty Christmas wearable things - silly glasses, reindeer antlers, Santa hat etc
Little Playmobil figures, other little toys that come in blind bags like Lego minifigures now but previously My Little Pony and that kind of thing
Christmas cups and plates (poundshop)
Pencils, little notebooks
New Christmas decorations

VoldemortsNipple Mon 28-Nov-16 22:23:05

2p pieces
Pictures of fruit to take from the fruit bowl
Cheese crackers or mini crackers/breadsticks
Chocolate coins
Picture of a cupcake (with a box of cupcakes mix to make)

Allalonenow Mon 28-Nov-16 22:30:54

Three or four balloons to blow up.
Tin of bubbles, if too big for the pocket just put the loop in and keep the liquid handy.
Hair slide.
Small cake.
Jelly babies/jelly beans
Party popper/streamer/party whistle/paper crown.

HeadDreamer Mon 28-Nov-16 22:38:00

I have got a just over 2 yo so a bit older. She has an older sister as well so some of the choices won't be what you would want.

But I have got sparkly hair ties, a couple of lipsticks, chocolate coins, head bands, shopkins crayons and frozen stickers. The crayons and the head bands are wrapped in a box with numbers on them. The calendar has the number in the pocket.

I also agree raisins would be a disappointment. It has to something she doesn't get normally.

HeadDreamer Mon 28-Nov-16 22:44:04

We have done this since the DC1 was 3yo. The accessories was the biggest hit so far. She doesn't get hair clips, rings, hair ties (the non school ones) that sort of stuff through out the year. This year is the first time I'm trying lipstick and a little nail polish. Hence why my 2yo also getting a couple of make up!

TheCaptainsCat Mon 28-Nov-16 22:52:08

Thanks for all the ideas!

Think I will go for the Playmobil 123 advent set, and some chocolate buttons for the last pocket. Agree raisins are perhaps a bit lame, however they are a very rare treat here!

Wheredidallthejaffacakesgo Mon 28-Nov-16 22:57:44

Allalonenow - for safety's sake I will point out that balloons are involved in half of choking-related deaths in children and uninflated balloons are by far the most dangerous. Children under 8 should not be allowed to play with uninflated balloons.

I'm saying this as a mother at the church I go to was totally relaxed about letting her toddler chew on an uninflated balloon and pick it up and drop it near other children. He didn't choke in the balloon but did choke on a piece of pear at around 2 years of age, and fortunately paramedics saved him. Afterwards the mother was much more attuned to choking risks, and educated us all about balloons.

Allalonenow Mon 28-Nov-16 23:30:01

As the OP's child is 20 months old, I doubt they will be opening the windows unsupervised. I would imagine that the mother would want to share the moment of opening each window, as it's part of the Christmas build up for both of them.
I hadn't envisaged the child playing with the deflated balloon at any point, but instead watching the mother blow up the balloon, playing with it for a short time and then the balloon being removed, or tied up somewhere well out of harm's way.
This has been seen as good practice for generations.

Let's hope nobody puts cutted up pear in their advent calendar! smile

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