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How to make advent magical for the kids

With Christmas preparations well underway the big day will soon be here and we want to share with you our top tips on putting the magic into the advent season for the kids and keeping them busy, too!

From welcoming those mischievous elves into your home, creating your own festive wreath and giving your home that special Christmas touch, we’re sure our tips will make the lead-up to Christmas the best one yet!

  • Sandra - copywriter
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How to make advent magical for the kids

Mischievous elf!

There’s nothing like a naughty elf to put a bit of magic into the advent season. So, why not welcome your favourite festive visitor into your home with our Elves Behavin’ Badly range.

Top tip: Give your elf a name so it’s more personal for the kids.

Here’s our tips for things you can do with your elves on each day of the week:


A great way to bring the elves to life is by using crafts to set the scene. Use items such as strings and command hooks to position the elves in high places.

Festive reading

We think a great way to keep the kids busy during the advent season is by reading? That’s right, books!

There are lots of exciting stories and they can choose a festive book for each day of advent. Children love a story at bedtime and it’s a fab way to count down the days to Christmas.

The perfect way to present this is as Christmas presents and treat it like an advent calendar. 24 days, 24 books (or individual stories). Wrap each one individually and number them 1-24 and allow the kids to open one a day.

Top tip – store these in a Christmas gift box or wicker basket for that extra magic feeling.

Deck the halls... and bedrooms!

Here’s a great idea to make advent super magical for the kids and it’s easy to do! Put some Christmas decorations in their bedrooms as well as the usual rooms downstairs. We think they’ll love waking up in their own mini Santa’s grotto!

Things to use to decorate the kid’s room for Christmas:

Countdown to Christmas

There’s no better way to wake up than with a little chocolate treat! One of the best parts of the advent season for the kids (and the adults!) is of course, the advent calendar!

We’ve got a whole range at wilko to suit all tastes, including those already filled with yummy choccies or you can choose an empty calendar and put your own treats in (hey, even do it with the kids to keep them busy).

Here’s some ideas of how to fill your advent calendar:

Make your own festive wreath

The kids love to get crafting at Christmas so we think a great way to keep the magic going is to get the family together and make your own festive wreath. We have everything you need to create a gorgeous festive wreath that you can hang on your door as a welcome to your visitors during the Christmas season, or use it as an eye-catching centrepiece.

You can use:

  • Baubles
  • Lights
  • Pinecones/fake flowers
  • Wreath Base
  • Fake snow
  • Paints

For lots more Christmas joy and inspiration, head over to