I took my 2 year old and 4 year old fishing first when they were 1 and 3 and we went sunny fishing in at cape may county park. That got the hang of it pretty quick. Last June I took them and their kiddie rods out behind Sea Isle City and they had a blast catching fluke and sand sharks. My 2 year old caught several throwbacks and a couple of little sharks (she still talks about catching sharks) and my 4 year old caught two keeper fluke on that went 3 pounds on her Barbie rod. My two year used a Tigger rod. They both had fun, but the key was that we brought plenty of snacks and some coloring books for when they got board and we also only fished a few hours. Good luck and teach that girl to fish!