when your child finds christmas presents

It’s no secret that we’re big Playmobil fans round these parts.

I’ve been lucky enough to meet one of the founders of the company on a visit to the Playmobil HQ in Germany, and Flea has been a Playmobil playologist for the last two years, which has involved trying out loads of Playmobil sets. Her top recommendations from 2012 can be found over on her blog, Flea Reads.

This week, we were sent a Playmobil advent calendar.

Now, as it happens, we bought our own Playmobil advent calendar back when Flea was three and we love bringing it out each year. You can get advent calendars from Playmobil with pirate or fairy themes, but we’re old school – our advent calendar allows Flea to build a lovely winter scene over 24 days, featuring cute animals, snow-laden trees, a working music box and Father Christmas himself.

The calendar works in a fairly simple way – you hang a stiff cardboard backing onto the wall, and there are 24 collapsible cardboard boxes that hook onto the backing – each containing one or two small items that can be added to a scene background, which sits comfortably on a shelf in your home. The whole thing is quite sturdy – ours is four years old and still completely intact – but there are a few spare boxes in case of accidents, and you can buy replacement parts, too.

This year, Playmobil sent us a new Christmas scene advent calendar but we’re still very attached to ours, so I’m giving this brand new one away to one of my readers. This set features Santa, an angel, and lots of little woodland creatures. It’s recommended for children aged 4+, because of small parts.

How to Enter

If you’d like to win, just leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me your favourite Christmas carol, and I’ll pick one winner at random on November 16th at 5pm. The calendar will be posted to you in time to use this December (UK residents only, please!). Use the Rafflecopter widget to register your comment, and there are bonus entries to be had, too.

Rules: One entry per person; entries made via automated or online services will be disqualified; users must provide an email address so I can contact you; winner will be contacted by email; in the event the winner cannot be reached in 48 hours, the prize may be re-allocated; competition open to UK residents only; prize will be dispatched using a recorded post service.Β 

Good luck!

This giveaway has now closed.