Here are some tried and tested activities for your kids when they get a little bored during all the time off.
Calafant is a great German toy company that makes cardboard sets for kids to build and paint—the castles are pretty epic. A friend of mine gave both my kids a Calafant castle last year, which kept them happily employed for hours, and at the end they had a toy to play with and keep.
Todd Oldham’s kids’ crafts book, Kid Made Modern, which we featured before in our Children’s Book guide, have gotten us through many a vacation. Our newest favorite activity is the customized bulletin board.