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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1,638 851
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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1,476 766
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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1,370 865
Gymnastics is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Gymnastics

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1,031 651
Track And Field is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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977 651
Bicycling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Bicycling

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1,068 692
Dance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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960 641
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

9
913 640
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

10
922 692
Archery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Archery

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482 278
Running is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

12
686 614
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

13
707 597
Baseball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Baseball

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716 605
Skating is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Skating

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604 600
Softball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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598 602
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Roller Skating

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522 567
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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151 151
Football is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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428 655
Equine Sports is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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219 293
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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21
99 86
Karate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Karate

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233 323
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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254 317
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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263 345
Badminton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

25
362 607
Field Hockey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Field Hockey