Popular Opinion The Best Sports for Kids  

Stan Holton
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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!

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Swimming is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
2
1,721 907
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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1,552 817
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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1,442 921
Gymnastics is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Gymnastics
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1,080 689
Track And Field is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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1,025 692
Bicycling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Bicycling
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1,125 735
Dance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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1,004 685
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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959 679
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
10
976 728
Archery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Archery
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532 311
Running is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
12
722 654
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
13
737 642
Baseball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Baseball
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744 644
Skating is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Skating
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630 643
Softball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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617 641
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Roller Skating
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550 601
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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175 192
Football is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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446 692
Equine Sports is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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240 328
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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252 352
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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270 354
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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117 124
Karate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Karate
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279 376
Badminton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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377 637
Field Hockey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Field Hockey