Bait is fun! Use simple live bait, such as worms, shiners/minnows, or crickets. Children will be entertained by the bait, and it's also easier to cast a worm than it is to repeatedly cast a fly. The best part of fishing with bait: smaller is better. Most worms come in three sizes: trout worms, dillies, and nightcrawlers.
Opt for the smallest available, or cut anything that appears too large.