What they do want are projects like these, which you'll find in Sew Creative by Jennifer Pol Colin:
Mermaid tail blanket
Click on this table of contents to see it larger
You'll notice that most of the projects are for beginners and intermediates. Only one is considered difficult enough that help will probably be needed. However, working alongside a child (either both working on one or each doing your own) will definitely add a lot to the fun! I think a couple of Animal Neck Pillows are needed by my two grands!