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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1,563 812
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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1,410 730
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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1,313 814
Gymnastics is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Gymnastics

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942 622
Bicycling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Bicycling

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995 622
Track And Field is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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1,031 663
Dance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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916 621
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

9
884 610
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

10
884 664
Archery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Archery

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447 259
Running is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

12
652 583
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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679 572
Baseball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Baseball

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688 577
Skating is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Skating

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581 571
Softball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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577 571
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Roller Skating

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495 544
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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121 121
Football is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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404 629
Equine Sports is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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197 268
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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214 300
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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234 298
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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249 322
Badminton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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352 580
Field Hockey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Field Hockey

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72 64
Karate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Karate

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334 575
Golf is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Golf

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336 583
Diving is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Diving

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63 121
Cheerleading is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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125 189
Lacrosse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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256 544
Rowing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Rowing

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58 114
Fencing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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