With practice, your young angler can master a few knots then graduate to more advanced ones. While children should always stick with a kid-friendly knot, such as the figure eight or Palomar, they can also move on to slightly more difficult but also kid-friendly knots, such as the clinch. Attention to detail is important when tying any knot, so explain to your child that each step in the process must be correct.
Stretch the length of the rope out in front of you. Make a loop that passes over the tag end (starting end of the rope) then around and under the tag end. Then pass the starting part of the rope back over one side of the initial loop. Close the knot by passing the starting point back through the loop then tightening it. The formula for tying a figure eight knot is: over, under, over and through.
Gather about four inches of fishing line in your hand. Use this section of fishing line to create a loop. Pass the loop through the eye of a fishing hook. Allow the hook to hang loosely below the loop. Tie an overhand knot in doubled line, but be careful not to twist or tighten the line. Pull the loop completely over the hook. Dampen the line with water. Hold the hook as you pull the loose tag end into a tight knot. Cut the loose end to complete the knot.
Thread a line through the eye of a hook. Wrap the tag end five times around the standing line. Insert the loose end of the line between the eye of the hook and the initial loop. A second loop will form. Slide the tag end through the second loop. Wet the fishing line. Hold the loose end of the line between your thumb and index finger, then slowly tighten the knot. Allow the knot to remain partially closed until it is secured against the eye. Cut the ends, and the knot is complete.