I've tried a few times to teach my daughter to knit - she seems to enjoy it but as she is a rather physically active youngster, the amount of sitting still time required to finish a knitted object is a little excessive for her.
So we put the needles aside and picked up one of these round knitting loom things.
Much quicker and easier to maneuver than needles and she has finished her first little hat in about a day of off and on knitting.
She was very proud and excited to be able to carry the job through to completion all by herself (for the most part).
Yay for simple confidence building activities!