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

2
1,642 855
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

3
1,483 769
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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1,376 869
Gymnastics is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Gymnastics

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1,032 653
Track And Field is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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977 653
Bicycling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Bicycling

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1,070 692
Dance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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8
963 642
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

9
917 641
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

10
923 693
Archery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Archery

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483 279
Running is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

12
686 615
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

13
708 598
Baseball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Baseball

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717 605
Skating is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Skating

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605 601
Softball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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600 602
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Roller Skating

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522 568
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

18
152 152
Football is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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428 656
Equine Sports is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

20
219 294
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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21
99 87
Karate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Karate

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233 324
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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254 318
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

24
263 346
Badminton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

25
363 607
Field Hockey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Field Hockey