The Pen Tool is one of the best things in Illustrator, it just takes a lot of practice to get used to it. A good way to practice is to trace pictures with it, but just telling kids, "Hey, trace these pictures because vector symbols are cool," doesn't work. So I came up with the Monopoly monopoly assignment. Kids who like Monopoly will enjoy it because they get to create custom properties, and kids who don't like Monopoly might still enjoy tracing things they love and seeing them in a row.
In the end they have to trace four different objects for the monopoly, plus choosing a font for the spaces. Naturally I chose rally as my theme.