How to build a castle with a fabulous eight year old. First you need to make a floor plan. We checked out a small mountain of library books. Next , Owen devoured these resources and began a series of diagrams, drawings and floor plans. Next, make a model out of clay(well Mom didn't have clay, but I do know how to make a mean play-dough, so that is what we did). Owen began sculpting immediately. Bodhi, was equally inspired (or he just wanted to be like Owen) and began, squeezing, poking, cutting and eating the playdough with a wild abandon. The castle complete, the next step - paint it. A little wash of food coloring can work wonders, particularly with motes and the like... Next , draw some characters and have mom make a back drop. These fabulous creations prompted a fabulous story telling/book session (which is in production now). The final step -CLEAN UP of course and there is no one more excited by this than Bodhi. Stay tuned for a link to the upcoming book.