^^^^^^^^^^ This seems to be the best idea presented so far.Best kids rod out there is echo gecko. Started my girls on it when they were 6yo. I use it as my small stream rod. The rod can handle big hot fish and small fish are a blast. I’ve caught several decent sized smb and lmb with it as well as a few 20” cutties and the rod never flinched. The extended fighting butt makes all of the difference for little kids. It gives them someplace to anchor the rod when fighting fish like they would with a conventional rod. And my younger daughter enjoys casting it two handed as do I. For my younger daughter that’s now 8yo I put a 6wt line on it even though the rod is rated a 4/5. I’ve cast it with a 6wt mpx and it has no problem hitting 50ft. You have to slow your stroke but you feel it load nicely which i think is a good thing for beginners. Best part is if you buy it new for $110 or so when you are done with it I’m pretty sure you can sell it for $70-80. There’s always someone out there looking for one.
I have a two, three and five year old that share one of those. They have been jamming into the ground since they were all one or two. We also use a practice caster inside. They also try to mess with my own rods but I don't let that go on very long.I'm teaching my 10-year old on an Eagle Claw Featherweight. It's something of a 5/6wt but I put 7wt line on it to help him feel it better. It's like $30 and frankly it's fun as hell to fish with. I probably wouldn't use it in the marsh but it's a blast to use it pond-hopping for bass & bream.
If you want to use it in the marsh I would recommend a Cabelas CGR 7wt and put something like a Redington Behemoth reel on it.
this is what I keep in my boat for anglers struggling with a faster rod.TFO NXT combo might work. I believe they are used for training by some instructors
Agreed on coordination.I keep a few push button spin casters just for the "little ones"
along with some bobbers.
I don't know if 5/6 year olds have the coordination yet to be fly casters,
but they have a blast fishing bobbers with a little help.