> "And if I don't have clay? LOL!"
> I'd paper mache, you can still build with it, and paint it. It's strong
> enough to do the same kinds of projects you would do in clay.
If you want to combine the two ideas, make a paper pulp and add a bit of
white glue. You can sculpt with this and it dries pretty hard. Salt dough
works for younger students (and sometimes older students).