Sayings to go with this: Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass it is about learning to dance in the rain; or, to have a fun, you're going to need to get your shoes/boots a little muddy.
Contour drawing: not a project, but definitely a good drawing activity for the older students.
contour line drawings
Contour Line Drawing by ~MARINEMANTIS3YE on deviantART
Contour Lines for my Face by SabrielDragonkin More
Fig. 16. From a drawing of a hill with contour lines added to a contour map. Popular map reading. 1928.
Cross contour still life
February James - Blind Contour Line Drawing what is continuous line ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL3LiR_pvsU
Contour Line Drawing of your closet
Cross contour lines, showing the lumps and bumps (form) of the shell. Excellent use of weight of line to give the illusion of tone.