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

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Soccer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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1,350 688
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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Gymnastics is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Gymnastics

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905 590
Bicycling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Bicycling

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955 590
Track And Field is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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1,004 621
Dance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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880 587
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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852 576
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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850 629
Archery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Archery

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407 235
Running is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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615 550
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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671 544
Skating is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Skating

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650 545
Baseball is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Baseball

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565 540
Softball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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555 544
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Roller Skating

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482 514
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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96 91
Football is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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Surfing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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389 598
Equine Sports is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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237 292
Badminton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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199 281
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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342 554
Field Hockey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Field Hockey

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217 277
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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332 551
Diving is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Diving

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53 41
Karate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Karate

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322 547
Golf is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Golf

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53 94
Cheerleading is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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Lacrosse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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249 516
Rowing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Rowing

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49 88
Fencing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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