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Clay models: teaching kids to design their own home

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Howdy -

I have 3 toddler daughters. They're at the age when drawing is fun, creativity is high and I am trying hard to wean them off the cartoon garbage they are being fed by all the folks on their Mom's side. Unfortunately, all my varied attempts at reducing their reliance growing up on cartoons as their chief source of inspiration for play have failed so I must introduce those changes when its my parenting time.

On Parker Beach (Cordova Bay area) on Vancouver Island (near Victoria), I once came across several great deposits of grey clay on the beach as I was walking. I was hugely surprised and thought it a complete marvel.

I went back to harvest some and I could not for the life of me find it.

Given that this region has to be rich with that sort of thing (and it would be FUN for the kids to get messy and form things with their hands), where could I find some sources of clay for those familiar with the area?

A simple Google search says that I can make my own clay with cornstarch. Don't really want to do that to be honest.

Advice requested: I am keen to get the girls involved in designing in a fun way, our future home. I want to build a home either via sandbag or strawbale or some such and have lost all desire to use dimension lumber of any kind.

In the past, I have doodled some designs and that got the girls all individually doing the same thing on their own volition - it was fantastic. I think getting my girls to do this kind of thing could lead to new adventures, excited for future projects and could provide wonderful bonding opportunities between Dad and girlies. It might also serve as an early catalyst to teaching the girls to get off the regular treadmill that modern society is on and hopefully spark interest in making smart decisions that will result in them being debtfree, living off the land and being prepared for a possible screwed up world in the next 10-15 years.

Any constructive input is welcome

Tx - G
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