Summer Series: Update plus Groovin’ Grapes (raisins) & Shaving Cream Finger Painting

We’re having a great time working our way through our 102 Things To Do This Summer List.  Although we’d be doing many of these things even without a list, it’s a lot of fun for us to read through it together and decide what we want to do each day.

Here’s what we’ve done so far:

#7 Mommy-daughter end of 3-yr old preschool celebration lunch & #8 Visit the bookstore and read books together: Free:

Last week I took Munchie out for this mini-celebration the day before the last day since it was the only day that worked out.  We combined 2 activities because that’s what her heart desired for our special day together.  Although we spend every day together, these planned celebrations are extra-special to her (and me!).

I didn’t have my camera, but here are some grainy photos from my phone.

We had lunch at the restaurant of her choice.  She chose it based off of how fun it looked on the outside.

Then perused the book store & read books together. Free fun!

I think she punishes me for taking her picture non-stop and insists I take selfies of us together.  Here we are reading books together.

I let her choose a special book.  Since Max and Ruby has been her favorite show for over 2 years, I’m not surprised she found this one in less than a minute. 🙂  Loved our day together.

#9 Join the library Summer Reading Program: Free

We stopped by our local library branch yesterday and both signed up for the reading program.  I’m a HUGE fan of the library.  All libraries.  I don’t care if they’re fancy and new with tens of thousands of books or small, old, and lacking the newest technology.  Libraries are a good thing.

Playing a computer word game at the library

#36 Take swim lessons

My girl loves the water.  L-o-v-e-s.  She has had swim lessons before, but we felt it was time she reeeeally learned to swim since she has the urge to dive into any and all bodies of water.  We signed her up for lessons and her sweet friend is joining her.  They get the teacher all to themselves and are loving it.

Pinch!  I wanna pinch them!

Learning to float on her back.  Can’t wait to see her progress by summer’s end!

#12 Shaving cream finger painting: Free

This project is not only easy, it requires pretty much zero prep.  Grab a can of shaving cream (I had a can I got for free a few weeks ago.  Woo!) and a cookie sheet.  Spray the sheet with a bit of the cream (a little goes a long way once little fingers start playing in it) and let the painting begin!

Such glee.

#95 Groovin’ Grapes: Free

I did this when I was little and it is a lot of fun.  They’re really raisins bouncing in the water, but I always called it grape dancing.

That’s all you need.  A tall glass (Guinness label not required), clear soda like 7-Up or Sprite (I only had ginger ale on hand), and raisins.

Drop the raisins in and once the carbonation hugs them (okay, that’s not scientific.  I’m not scientific.  But you get what I mean) they start to float and bob around.  Sometimes it takes a minute or so, but it’s a super simple activity that little ones seem to enjoy.  Groovin’ grapes!

I think 7-Up works better and faster than ginger ale.  I don’t know why (again, me=not scientific), but Munchie still got a kick out of this.

What fun activities have you done this summer?  Please share in the comments and feel free to link to your own blog posts about summer fun!

To see the rest of our 102 Things To Do This Summer List, check it out here.



  1. You are such an AMAZING mom! A is so lucky! What great memories you guys are creating! Love you!!

  2. Awww she is too stinkin cute !!!

  3. Ohhhhh sooooo cute and lovely girls! 🙂 I miss her~
    I always think you’re so great mom!

  4. It shows you that you don’t have to spend lots of money to have fun….. We got a couple of free swims at our local private gym – went last Sunday and are going again today (my daughter likes swimming, too). We also go to the library for a free read and we are lucky in that most of the museums/art galleries in the city are free as well. On top of that, dance companies are having open days at the moment – we went to one last month and we’ll be going to another one next month.
    At home, my daughter reuses the paper from letters (where they are not printed double-sides). She’s really into writing at the moment but still draws a lot, so paper is a must have in our house! And of course, she can help me in the garden, do baking etc. We are currently on a ‘sort-our-house-out mission – a bit like you – and she has endorsed this, so that is going to keep is happy for quite some time to come 🙂

    • I love those freebies and those ideas–I have seen the free dance classes here, but forgot about them! Gotta sneak one in. Looks like we have parallel lives with the letters/drawing, baking, sort-the-homes mission! 🙂 Speaking of, I should get off the computer and doing a little organizing. But I’m so cozy right now….;)

  5. Looks like fun days Danielle!

  6. What a fun mom you are! And what an adorable daughter you have!! We will definitely have to try out the grape trick…my kids would think that is amazing 🙂

  7. Great ideas! I am stealing them. You have inspired me to do more with Vi. Lately I feel like I have been slacking and not doing any fun activities like these with her. Boo on me. 😦 But the day is young! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Oh and I forgot to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE the photographs!!!! I always love it when you include pictures and these are beautiful!! Love the one of you and A. together and love the pic of her with her swim buddy! 🙂

  9. Looks like you too have been having lots of fun. The shaving cream painting looks fun to me but I don’t know if my son would like it. He doesn’t like to get hands into things. We may give it a try anyway.

  10. brandeegrl says:

    Love!! How have I been a mom for 7 years & still have not Shaving-Cream-Finger-Painted???? We are total library junkies, too…just visited today & got our bags of loot for completing our summer reading – woohoo!!


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