I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon than to use some air-hardening black clay to construct a castle for my little girl. We had an impromptu playdate yesterday with twin Australian boys who owned a cool, plastic toy castle with a catapult to launch huge rocks. Maylin loved it. After we went home, we took a nap, and as I was waking up, I thought, "Hey, I could make her a castle myself! I just bought some clay that would be perfect!" I woke up and asked Maylin if she wanted to help me make a castle. She gave me a groggy nod of the head.
I can often be overwhelmed, and then discouraged, by big projects so I decided to be smart and just aim for making a tower first. If I'm motivated later, I can keep making additions. I'm halfway done with it and I'm so excited! I've made little bricks and have been stacking them to make a cylindrical tower. Maylin was already playing with it! I've left a large opening on one side of the tower so she'll have no problem getting her toys in and out. For awhile I have been telling Maylin that I would build her a dollhouse for Christmas, but maybe she'll prefer a medieval fortress instead.