Beat the summer

Summer blues? I know some of you are waiting patiently for your’s to come like we craving our winter here. Hot, humid and sticky summers are part and parcel of living in Dubai, getting home from the school run and looking like you’ve been to the pool is an everyday occurrence. We could all sit and moan or we could grab summer by its sweaty neck and say up yours!!

Today we had art time, there’s only some much time you can spend in soft play and not all Dubai families have an unlimited pot of spare cash, so with this in mind I hit Daiso which is our equivalent to a good old pound shop. I brought painting brushes, wool, and plastic spray bottles and endless amounts of items that could keep these little humans occupied.

Here’s today’s antics

Using a child friendly paint from the early learning center, I mixed about a 1cm of paint with tap water to a fairly watery consistency but not so you could see through it


I tape 2 pieces of easel paper to the wall and let them rip, they had a great time! Granted the wall was messy but it came clear off with some soapy hot water.

LPV especially enjoy the activity, somewhat satisfying for me as it was sneaky way for me to build up his fine motor skills which in turn will help with his pencil control

Considering past attempts at painting with these two (namely miss C painting her brother) I stripped them down to their undies


LPV’s firework’s


A beautiful mess….


Very Jackson Pollock


As I said before it comes off the wall easily if you clean it off straight away, the paper was pretty soggy so the painting didn’t really survive but it wasn’t about them creating a masterpiece it was about the fun

I’m certainly not a crafting queen but I will share any fun things or activities we you all over the summer

Wee green fingers

Last week we took advantage of our sunny climate and planted some seeds!! I’m readily not sure how long they will last as most plants die under my supervision! It was so lovely for the children to getting involved. I brought LPV to garden centre with me he of course did a runner and he picked out the pots seeds and a wee flappy bird and lady bird for decoration!!

We’ve planted some sun flowers, Strawberries, cherry tomatoes and spinach! 3 of the pots have started to sprout already, he’s so excited and anyone who comes to visit he take them out to show them his plants. Luckily our compound has a gardener so I’m pinning my hopes on that he can keep these things alive!!!

I really think he’s going to benefit loads from gardening, I started it to try to teach him patience and responsibility that he has this little fragile seed to care for and nurture. Everyday he gets his watering can and gives them a drink and I tell them to talk to the plants. He now thinks I’m more insane than ever!! Plus I really don’t think it will do him any harm to get stuck in and get his hands dirty. Miss C certainly enjoyed eating the delicacy that is soil when we were planting. I grew up eating mud, I’m not going to say “and I’m alright” as I guess that a matter of opinion 😉

Putting in our soil

Putting in our soil

Sun flowers seeds going in!

Sun flowers seeds going in!

Daddy helps with the technical parts

Daddy helps with the technical parts


Giving them a wee drink!

Giving them a wee drink!

PicMonkey Collage







What the ladybird heard Live

Yesterday we took LPV for a very special treat, A live theatre production of What the ladybird heard. We are huge Julia Donaldson fans so I knew he’d love it. It’s part of a UK tour that they brought here to the Ductac theatre in Dubai. It was wonderful, the stage setting was basic but awesome, the show was completely interactive with the children they got to shout out what items on the stage they could use to build animals. The actors were super and the songs were so catchy and upbeat.

LPV was super excited, however I’m not sure if was about the show or his flip-up seat in the theatre, he clapped, he shouted he sung. It’s so nice to see him at an age where he can appreciate these things. He got a little fidgety and tired towards the end but he had already done a swimming lesson that morning so I think it wore him out.

The audience participation was great at one point I think all the daddy’s sunk as low into their seats as they possibly could, when they asked for two male volunteers. I know expat daddy did!! We were not allowed to take photo’s but I got some sneaky ones in, so they’re not great quality unfortunately.

My advice you would be, book tickets for this show, your children will love it, I’m sure it’s coming to a city near you

Here’s a few sneaky shots