Being his curious little self, Everett grabbed my zester out of its drawer last week and ran to his easel with it trying to grate his chalk. I repossessed the zester before he could get anything grated, but I told him that he had a very creative idea and that later we could try that out in some art.
On Friday, when his cousin came over, we pulled out the artist chalk (soft pastels), my grater (not the expensive zester), and a tub of water. We spent an hour exploring how to create with the chalk and chalk dust.
Everett loved grating the chalk and then painting over it with water. It sort of has a watercolor effect but a little thicker and sometimes grainy.
His cousin, Ryan, preferred to dip the chalk into the water and draw with its brightness.
Of course, I had to play, too. I used both techniques to doodle around a page...and then filled in a little more with the artist chalk when it dried.