This is the first Advent calendar we have had. It was fun for the kids. There were pieces in each pocket to add to the Nativity scene. The only thing i didn't like was the wooden bar that was supposed to support the top came in two pieces (for easier shipping, I suppose) and it was very difficult to hang. I ended up replacing it with a dowel. but otherwise I was very pleased by the product.
I bought this calendar for my 2 year-old son. He liked playing with it and changing the placement of the figures in the mat almost every day. I only have two complaints. First, I wished it had the figures of the mule and the ox that are classic in nativity sets. Second, I wished the cloth in the sky was felt-like so the angels could be placed anywhere (you have to place them over the stars). Other than that I am happy with it. I think it helped my little son to get familiar with Christmas traditions in a playful way that is safe and appropriate for his age. Next year I am planning to add a little/tiny treat in each pocket in addition to the Nativity figure; the pockets are large enough to accomodate it.
This product is a great teaching tool for preschool and elementary children. The size, colors and design of the figures and the cloth background are perfect for teaching the Nativity Story. It's also very portable. Each figure has it's own storage pocket which encourages kids to take good care of this special calendar. For me it's definitely a winner!