When I got my kids home from school today, my 5 yo insisted that I teach her how to knit "the right way". Up until now, I have only showed my kids how to do loom knitting, since that is a bit easier for them to do alone. Well, I gave in and got out a pair of needles (10" straight aluminum) and a partial skein of acrylic and sat down to show her how to do it. I cast on some stitches, and knit slowly the first row so she could see how it was done, then sat her in my lap to get her going. I put her hands on the needles and then held her hands for the first couple stitches, then had her start to do it more, with just me helping. By the next row, she was doing it all by herself! Now, not to say that she doesn't need some help now and then, but she is now sitting alone and giving it a go. Not too bad for being only 5 years old.