Birthdays, holidays, a visit to the zoo, Derek the goldfish’s birthday… There are loads of special occasions throughout the year that your children will be chomping at the bit to reach. So instead of hearing the constant cry of ‘How many more days, Dad?’, treat impatient kids to one of these cool countdown calendars that truly aren’t just for Christmas…
The cosmic calendar
This calendar’s isn’t just a cool way to count down to an exciting event – it’s also filled with cosmic toys! The Special Day Countdown Calendar has 10 numbered windows, each one revealing a space -themed toy, including Super-Hero Girl and Boy. Place the wee heroes in the teleporter slide and watch them whizz to the bottom before taking off on the sonic space motorbike or UFO spinning top on their way to save the world. A nice feature is that you can add a personal touch to the calendar with your kid’s name, photo and special date, or they can dedicate the calendar to someone they think is great – like you. Besides the Special Day calendar, there are three other themes in the WOW range – Birthday, Holiday and Pre School – and all four come with a fun-packed activity sheet. Wow, indeed.
WOW’s Special Day Countdown Calendar (ages 1+): £12.99. argos.co.uk
The keepsake calendar
For an extra-special occasion, like the arrival of a little brother or sister, a loved-one returning from overseas or, of course, the start of the World Cup, this bespoke Countdown Calendar fits the bill. The hand-calved wooden hanging sign can be laser engraved with your own personalised wording and theme, and comes complete with two pegs to mark the day and month. A great feature is the chalkboard patch, which means you can just have your kids’ names engraved in the wood, and simply write the special events in chalk as and when they come up for years to come.
Children’s Personalised Calendar Countdown Train (ages 1+): £17.50. thelasercottage.co.uk
The DIY calendar
It’s a fact of life that as your nippers grow older, their social diaries become increasingly packed, while yours steadily but surely dwindles. So the least your kids can do is take responsibility for keeping their exciting events and special dates organised throughout the year. Enter the Colour In Calendar, which as the name suggests, has 12 pictures to be coloured in by your social butterfly’s very own mitts. What’s more, it can be personalised with the artist’s name (up to 10 characters), which will appear on the cover and also on every page of the calendar – just to remind them whose job it is to keep their dates up to, er, date. And don’t worry if it’s the middle of the year like now, because when you order the calendar, you can choose it to start from any month you like.
Personalised Children’s Colour Me In A4 Calendar, available in pink, blue or green (ages 3+): £14.99. findmeagift.co.uk