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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1,568 814
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

3
1,414 733
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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1,317 817
Gymnastics is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Gymnastics

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944 623
Bicycling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Bicycling

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996 624
Track And Field is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

7
1,032 666
Dance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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919 622
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

9
885 611
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

10
886 665
Archery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Archery

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448 260
Running is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

12
652 585
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

13
682 573
Baseball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Baseball

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691 577
Skating is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Skating

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582 572
Softball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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578 573
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Roller Skating

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497 545
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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122 122
Football is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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406 630
Equine Sports is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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198 270
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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214 302
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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234 299
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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250 322
Badminton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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352 581
Field Hockey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Field Hockey

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72 66
Karate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Karate

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335 575
Golf is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Golf

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336 584
Diving is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Diving

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63 122
Cheerleading is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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125 190
Lacrosse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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257 544
Rowing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Rowing

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58 115
Fencing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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