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The Best Sports for Kids 

Stan Holton
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Updated February 13, 2020 49.1k votes 7k voters 147.8k views 32 items

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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Basketball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Basketball
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Gymnastics is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Gymnastics
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Track And Field is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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Bicycling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Bicycling
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Tennis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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Dance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
maddyolly added
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Archery is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Archery
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Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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Baseball is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Baseball
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Skating is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Skating
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Running is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Mixed martial arts
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Softball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Softball
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Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Roller Skating
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Skiing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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Football is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
BaileyWagener added
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Karate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
garron.susan318 added Karate
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Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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Cheerleading is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
BaileyWagener added
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Surfing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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Equine Sports is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
ErinCrawford added
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Golf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Golf