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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1,545 787
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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1,389 710
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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978 610
Track And Field is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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926 612
Bicycling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Bicycling

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1,021 647
Dance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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905 607
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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873 595
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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871 650
Archery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Archery

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431 249
Running is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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639 570
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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669 558
Baseball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Baseball

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680 561
Skating is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Skating

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575 555
Softball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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565 561
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Roller Skating

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488 533
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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109 107
Football is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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398 615
Equine Sports is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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190 257
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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228 285
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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208 291
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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244 308
Badminton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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346 570
Field Hockey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Field Hockey

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332 557
Golf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Golf

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63 54
Karate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Karate

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335 567
Diving is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Diving

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57 108
Cheerleading is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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125 173
Lacrosse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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254 528
Rowing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Rowing

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55 100
Fencing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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