The best sport for kids are fun, teach them about teamwork, and improve fitness. You want the sport to be fun, because kids are happy to spend time on fun activities! The fact that they are learning at the same time is a bonus. Not only will they learn a new skill, but through sports, they will also learn important life lessons such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and social skills. Kids are creative and they like to move, so which sport should your kids do?
The best sport for your kids is one that they find fun and interesting. Not all kids are keen on sport, so it’s important to make it a positive experience, as physical fitness is essential throughout our lives. If they’re not interested in the ‘usual’ sports, don’t give up! There are such a wide variety of physical activities out there, if they’re not into basketball, or athletics or swimming, think outside the box! Maybe they would prefer something a little more creative like dance, or acrobatics.
There really is a world of choice out there, so have fun exploring the possibilities with your kids. Don’t forget that your child is an individual, and may have very different wants and likes to yours! Allow your child the choice, testing out a variety of sports and exercises so that they can work out their skills and enjoyment in different areas. Sports specialisation, especially from a young age, can lead to stress and burning out, so make sure you give your kid the power to choose. The emphasis should be on learning, improvement and enjoyment, not winning.
Some children don’t like competition, and that’s okay too. Sure it’s important for them to understand that it’s a part of life, and that oftentimes it comes down to ‘winning’ and ‘losing’, but that doesn’t mean they need to compete in sport. This can be a place to relax, create, share and participate.
If your child really doesn’t enjoy organised sports, make a start with family fitness. Lead by example and encourage your child with fun physical fitness. For example, take family bike rides, adventure in the outback and hit the hiking trails, take your kid climbing or dance around the house. Encourage similar activities with their friends so that being physically active is a part of their life. If you can’t get your kids to kick video games, start there! Use it to your advantage and incorporate some high intensity virtual sports into their repertoire such as dance or other virtual activities that get them up and moving.
We know that sport is vital for health, but it also plays an important role in the social development of young children, and helps them to form new friendships and connections. The long-term goal should be to encourage a lifetime of physical activity to keep them fit, happy and active!
If you're still looking for something your kids can try, why not sign them up for a free dance class? It's fun, active and social, it might be exactly what they are looking for!