10 DIY Projects for Your Tween

Channel Picasso

Drawing is relaxing, doesn't take much room and can be a refreshingly quiet pursuit. With some colored pencils and a sketch pad, your child can explore her artistic side and discover new ways to express herself. Some easy tutorials will help get the ball rolling, but after a few projects, she'll be branching out with her own designs that can become framed prints, wall murals or freeform furniture or fabric art. When you're ready to frame her masterpieces, encourage her to decorate the frames, too. You can pick up simple wood stained, black or white frames at the craft store and she can embellish them with beads and glitter or repaint them in her favorite colors.