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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1,373 700
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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917 601
Bicycling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Bicycling

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968 601
Track And Field is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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1,014 634
Dance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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894 598
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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865 585
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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864 639
Archery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Archery

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419 244
Running is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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630 561
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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661 552
Baseball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Baseball

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677 552
Skating is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Skating

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569 549
Softball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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562 553
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Roller Skating

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488 521
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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104 99
Football is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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396 606
Equine Sports is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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188 248
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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242 300
Badminton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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204 286
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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61 47
Karate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Karate

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344 562
Field Hockey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Field Hockey

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221 283
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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328 551
Golf is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Golf

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334 559
Diving is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Diving

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55 101
Cheerleading is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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123 166
Lacrosse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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254 520
Rowing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Rowing

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55 93
Fencing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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