If his fine motor skills are OK, Nikon AF bodies like the N8008s/801s or N90s/F90x are easy to load--and very affordable now. It's a matter of pulling out a couple inches of leader once the film can is in place, then closing the cover and hitting the shutter release to wind on.There's also an LCD icon showing successful loading.
Problem with film p&s models that loaded film the way you described is that most are dead now. They were starting to get scarce 10 years ago.
The Canon Rebel 2000 works like this as well - and can be had for very little cost.
Originally Posted by EdGallop
Now if 126 was still available ....
Yes, very easy and reliable loading. And the cameras are very capable. The AF on my F801s is way behind the times, but it still does a good job of finding proper focus. I find it fairly easy to manually focus with, too.
Originally Posted by CGW
And as said, inexpensive.