Culture

The Best Sports for Kids  

Stan Holton
Originally by
43.6k votes 6.3k voters 137.2k views 31 items

List Rules Most fun & rewarding athletic activities for children to play / do

The best sports for kids are fun, teach children about teamwork, and help keep them in shape. These sports are good for younger children as they contain less contact than sports like football, hockey or wrestling. While there is some risk for injury in all activities, these sports are the safer choices for children.

Aside from being fun things to spend their time on, these sports are all good for teaching children a number of values like working with others, responsibility, and social skills. Plus, kids who play sports are usually healthier and generally have more friends than those who don't.

For younger kids, simple sports like bicycling, swimming, track and field, and even gymnastics are top choices. When kids get a bit older, around the age of six, they can participate in other popular sports to play such as baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, and basketball. The contact sports are suggested for only those eight years and older, though many of the fundamentals, such as learning how to skate early and playing hockey later, can be taught earlier.

While not all kids will have the ability or desire to play sports, introducing these at an early age sets a great tone to making well-rounded children. Which sports do your kids love the most? Vote for your favorite sports for kids or add any not listed, all below!

list ordered by
1
Swimming is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
2
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
3
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
4
Gymnastics is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Gymnastics
5
Bicycling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Bicycling
6
Track And Field is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
7
Dance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
maddyolly added
8
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
9
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
10
Archery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Archery
11
Running is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
12
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
13
Skating is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Skating
14
Baseball is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Baseball
15
Softball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
16
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Roller Skating
17
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
18
Football is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
BaileyWagener added
19
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
19swilliams added
20
Equine Sports is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
21
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
ErinCrawford added
22
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
23
Golf is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Golf
24
Karate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
garron.susan318 added Karate
25
Field Hockey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Field Hockey