When my children were young, there were no computers, no games to play on an i Pad, so we had to find other things to amuse them.
We went out more -to the beach, to the pictures and I cannot remember what else!
I asked this question as am babysitting once a week for my grandchildren and often do not know what I can do with them as I suggest something and one or other does not want to do it.....they seem quite happy to stay home at my place.
I sent mine to Holiday care every now and then, and they had a great time with other kids.
One year I didn't with my last son, and that I found was a tad expensive, he wanted to do a few things...When they were with the other kids at the Holiday care, it was well structured and they did a lot of fun things.
I think in my personal opinion 6 weeks away from school is too long.
We travel and do lots of outings (picnics, local attractions, library, movies). I put in some chilling out time at home too where kids get to sleep in and just not do much at home. My kids love reading so they go through quite a few books during their school breaks.
Don't have my granddaughter anymore but I did for years and we used to do all sorts of things...cuddly animal farm, movies, painting, taught her a bit of the piano, played cards and build houses with same!, cooked, gardened (grew things in pots), shopped, watched videos, make crafty things at home eg cards, ,
Fortunately,being a sign writer when my son was little,meant that he and his friends could always spend time at my place with paints and all manner of art and crafty stuff,without being told not to make a mess!! It was so much fun when he was little!! As he git older,he was more comfortable to stay wiyth friends for sleepovers now and then,and his mates did the same here.He ended up becoming a chef,so even at an early age I was happy to have him cook different things while I worked at home.I was there to check or to help as required,so it was the best time.On occasions the local Vacation Care centres would have special event days which he would love attending,and this gave ME a break from him as much as him getting a MUM-FREE day!!! It was the early days of video games,so he also got a lot of fun with his Sega console and various games such as Sonic the Hedgehog!! Great clean fun!! There was always something to do,whether it was alone or with others.I am just very glad I could work from home in those days,as even back then,vacation care was very expensive and often not all that much fun to attend day after day after day!!!!!
Well, this Christmas/New Year break, my big kid aka my husband entertained my little kid aka my son and vice versa..... and I did as little as possible! It worked out well in my opinion :)
The boys went out and about a lot - ice skating, open air museums, the beach, indoor museums, the park.... and we also got several board games as Christmas presents that have proved to be a hit for relaxing days at home along with the omnipresent Lego. The iPad was rarely switched on!
Bunnings have free holiday crafts, check the website for your local store Finy, we have been to the beach and the movies so far. Two of mine are teens and mostly want to do their own thing now. Parks are also good fun and free, or what about a train trip into the city? today Mr 8 and I have finished reading The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe and made "potions" with coloured water, bi-carb soda and vinegar.
When we're in Melbourne, with the grand-daughters, we take them to their local park, which is only a 5 minute walk from their house. They love going there. We've also taken them to the NGV & the Melbourne Sea-park, or whatever it's now called. And we buy them ice-creams! If we have the older 1 staying the week-end with our other daughters house, we let her have bubblegum! She just learnt how to use it, the last time we saw her! No, she doesn't take it home, but leaves it at her aunties house, for her next visit! (It's sold in a little plastic container!)