I have been thinking of ways to freshen up our much loved and well used mud kitchen area.
I recently watched a child attempt to grate a pebble on our old cheese grater and it got me thinking of something that would work. The solution that I reached was coloured outdoor chalk.
This works brilliantly and virtually the whole class has, in turn, watched in fascination as the previously familiar chalk is transformed into dust, and every child has begged for a turn. Very good practice for taking turns and sharing, great fine motor practice, lots of knowledge and understanding, looking at changes, and using tools comes into Media and Materials.
The resulting dust is perfect for dusting 'cakes', colouring potions, making soups and a multitude of other recipes.
Obviously, we have talked about safety, sharp edges and grated knuckles, but we as a school are very into risk management rather than risk aversion and so far all of the children have survived.
I do intend to introduce a pestle and mortar sometime soon and I have an idea that chalk may well be a very good candidate for that too.
Anyway, why not try it and if you have any other ideas for things that might grate well, please tell me in the comments. :-)