A terrific gal who reads the blog (here is her’s if you want to take a look) mentioned that her daughter wanted to learn to crochet. Here are a few links for anyone who has a child (or is themselves!) interested:
That one is pictorial. Here is a video:
If you live anywhere nearby (you know who you are) I’d be glad to show you. It is not as hard as it looks! Most craft stores have all kinds of children’s crochet or knit kits. Most recommendations will include starting with bigger needles, but in my personal experience it depends on your child. If your child has more advanced fine motor skills a smaller needle would likely work better (think in terms of crayons – do they prefer the thick, chunky ones or the slim, regular version?).
If you know someone who knits or crochets then you could probably ask them for a tutorial, a borrowed needle or hook (most of us have a fanatic collection a few extras), and some scrap yarn. This way your child can experiment (for free!) before you invest in supplies for a hobby that may or may not be picked up again. Both of my boys have their own yarn and crochet hooks/knitting needles. They keep them in John Deere tool bags. It is a favorite winter project for them and their creations make fun gifts or holiday decorations. Cowgirl is focused on bracelets right now – because they only take a few minutes to complete and she can do them with mommy’s hook and any scrap of yarn she chooses.