Anjafa Beach

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anjafa2We found this lovely little beach just off on Coastal Road in Salwa Block 12 a couple of weekends back. We had planned on finally taking a trip to Khiran Beach down South but the weather was quite dull and it was raining on and off that morning and we didn’t really want to drive for almost an hour with two young children if the weather wasn’t going to be too good there. So, after reading a post about Anjafa Beach on my friend, Jen’s blog Mama Papa Bubba a few weeks ago we decided to take a trip there.

We had just done our food shopping that morning so we took a little picnic of a few snacks and drinks with a blanket and some beach toys for Mr O. The beach itself actually reminded me of a beach that you would find back in the UK – a little bit rocky. I’m not sure if it was the greyish weather we were having or all the rocks but our beach afternoon made me feel like I was back home! We visited around lunchtime and other than a man walking his dog and another man jogging we had the little beach to ourselves! Oscar loved exploring one end of the beach to the other as well as climbing on all the rocks and of course, paddling! The sea was actually quite cold but that didn’t bother Oscar. He loved splashing in ‘muddy puddles’ as he calls them, just like Peppa Pig!

After exploring with Daddy for a while we all sat down near the sea to have a snack whilst watching the waves roll in. Mr O didn’t sit down for long before he decided he wanted to get out his beach toys and make sandcastles and collect some shells and rocks.

With it being quite rocky, it wouldn’t really a beach I would spend all day at, but nice enough for little ones to explore, write in the sand, build some sandcastles and of course have a paddle in the sea!

 

Where: Anjafa Beach, Al-Ta’awen Street, Salwa Block 12. Click here for a map.

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Giveaway – Pizza Maker

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Our lovely friends from Organica Kuwait have a giveaway for followers of ExpatFamilyQ8 on Instagram. They are giving away 50 of their Inventum Pizza makers for the first 50 ExpatFamilyQ8 Instagram followers who follow their Organica Instagram page and send their details (name, Instagram user ID, contact number and address) to darina.igofab@ivacis.com

Organica will announce the winners on their Instagram page so quickly get following ExpatFamilyQ8 and Organica on Instagram to win one of these fantastic pizza makers! I think I may have to pick one up myself after viewing a demo of how it works!

 

Homemade Graham Crackers

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graham crackersI spend a lot of my spare time on Pinterest looking for different recipes and snack ideas and as soon as I came across Love to be in the Kitchen’s recipe for Graham Crackers I knew I had to start making them straight away!

O loves biscuits and crackers and it is the one snack he asks for every day, shame it isn’t fruit or vegetables! But these homemade graham crackers are much better than store bought, and you can even make them healthier by adding some flax seeds or wheatgerm! And they are SO easy to make! It is simply mixing the ingredients together and cutting out some shapes! You could make a range of different shapes with these crackers or simply just cut out some squares or rectangles. We used a teddy bear, star and heart cutter.

Oscar loved making these crackers and it was so simple that he could do most of the steps himself. He enjoyed pouring the different ingredients into the mixer and of course the best bit, cutting out the shapes!

Ingredients:

1 cup wholewheat flour

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup butter, chilled and cubed

1/4 cup honey

1/4 water

1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a food processor or mixer combine the two flours, sugar, salt, cinnamon and baking soda.
  • Add the cubed and chilled butter to the food processor and mix until it resembles coarse meal.
  • Add the honey, water and vanilla and continue to mix until it all combines.
  • Remove and shape the dough onto a flat surface and roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out desired shapes using a cookie cutter or knife. (you can use a variety of shapes or just simply cut into squares).
  • Place dough shapes onto parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Cool and serve.

*These cookies can also be frozen before being baked at another time. Just place the cut-out cookie shapes onto a baking sheet in the freezer for 20 minutes before placing in a ziploc bag. Once ready to bake, just place on some parchment paper and add an extra couple of minutes to the baking time. Can be frozen for up to 4 months. We have some in our freezer but we haven’t baked them yet so cannot comment on whether the taste is different or not.

 

Beach Themed Play Dough

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beachplaydoughOver the February half-term school holidays we decided to start toilet training Oscar whilst there would be both of us at home; to hopefully minimise the accidents or help with the clean ups! We literally stayed in for a whole week so we needed lots of activities to keep us all sane and to stop O from being bored. We made dens, had a film afternoon with popcorn and of course did lots of creative play too; we played with oobleck, made a coloured corn sensory box and of course, we made a batch of natural play dough and some beach inspired loose parts!

This play dough and loose parts station was a massive hit! Oscar has always been a big fan of shells anyway but he has just loved this set-up of shells, gems and rocks and played with it every day for over a week! He has made patterns with the different loose parts, rolled his play dough out wide enough to squeeze all his beach parts onto his play dough and rolled out some play dough ‘snakes’ and decorated them with rocks! At one point he even went and gathered his little Happyland people and said they were at the beach and sat them on his play dough with some shells dotted around them!

I like to have some kind of play dough and loose parts activity set-up on Oscar’s art table at all times and tend to swap the theme and the play dough around every week to 10 days. At the moment we have small amounts of different coloured play dough with some loose parts to make some faces as we have been learning a lot about emotions and body parts recently.

Play dough Recipe:

1 cup flour

1 cup water

1/2 cup salt

1 tablespoon oil

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • In a pan heat the water, salt and oil for a a couple of minutes. Turn off the heat and add the flour. Mix until the mixture forms a dough. (I usually mix it with a spoon until it comes together then leave it to cool for a couple of minutes before kneading with my hands). I purposefully haven’t added any food colouring to this play dough as I thought a natural, white play dough would be nicer for our beach themed loose parts.

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Homemade Household Objects Jigsaw

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household jigsawI have been so behind on posting these past few weeks but I am determined to get back up and running again! Having two young children has meant doing lots of activities at home that I want to share with you but never any time to write a post! Providing little Miss M stays asleep at night this week then I plan on getting myself back up to date as I have a backlog of posts that need writing and publishing!

And with that said, she woke up….again!!

Anyway, a few weeks back I made this really fun and simple jigsaw for Oscar to play with. I had the big piece of card left over from a selection I bought at Office Depot’s closing down (I think?!) sale and they were only 50 fils a sheet! Whilst O was tidying up his toys I picked up a box that we often use for sensory play and quickly went around the apartment picking different household objects that were safe for Oscar to play with but I also tried to pick objects that were very different in shape to one another. I then used a sharpie to quickly draw around each object and then set the card and the box of objects out on the floor in O’s bedroom ready for him to discover.

Sure enough, whilst popping the last of his toys away in his bedroom he noticed his activity and dove straight in. First he enjoyed picking out the different household objects and naming them before then starting to match them up on the piece of card. O has always been a massive fan of jigsaws since he was a lot younger so this activity was perfect for him, but also much more exciting as they were real-life objects that we use on a daily basis! He also wanted to extend the activity by finding some more objects for me to draw around for him on the other side of the card, and then he had a go at drawing around a couple of simple objects himself.

This literally took minutes to set-up and he played with it on and off all week. The great thing is, even though you’ll obviously want to put the household objects away after a while or need to use them at some point, you can keep the card somewhere safe and get it out in the future along with the objects, and you could even add a few more objects to your puzzle!

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