Parenting 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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1,439 750
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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1,014 635
Track And Field is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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960 636
Bicycling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Bicycling

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Dance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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Tennis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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895 626
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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904 673
Archery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Archery

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462 269
Running is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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670 599
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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691 585
Baseball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Baseball

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699 589
Skating is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Skating

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589 586
Softball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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586 587
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Roller Skating

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509 555
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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135 136
Football is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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Equine Sports is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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206 282
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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222 311
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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86 77
Karate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Karate

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241 308
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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357 594
Field Hockey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Field Hockey

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254 334
Badminton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports for Kids