It is funny how a basketball goal can draw a crowd. Whether it's an adult at a gym or a toddler at home, if you give a ball to someone with a hoop nearby, people of all shapes, sizes, ages, and athletic abilities start to shoot at the basket. For small children, a basketball hoop can be an introduction to the game as well as a way to build motor skills and coordination. The question is which one to buy. Here are some of the top basketball goals for kids according to Amazon user reviews.
Fisher-Price I Can Play Basketball
The Fisher-Price I Can Play Basketball is an adjustable basketball goal that can be set at 3, 4, 5, and 6 feet high. Like many basketball goals for kid, the base can be filled with water or sand to keep the goal sturdy and to keep it from falling over. This set includes an attachable ball return scoop that keeps the player from having to track down the ball after a shot. It comes with a ball and is recommended for ages 2 and up.
The Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set is designed for ages 1 1/2 to 5 years, and is my favorite of the bunch. This is a basketball goal for which I can personally attest. My son received this hoop for his 1st birthday and today, as he's approaching four years old, it is still a big part of his play room. There are 6 height settings, from 2 1/2 feet to 4 feet tall. It includes a ball and the rim is oversized, which helps in case there are other balls that are shot at the rim. The base also can be filled with water or sand.
Fisher-Price I Can Play Basketball (Part 2)
This basketball goal is another in the Fisher-Price I Can Play Sports line. Not only does this goal adjust heights, it includes a rim guide which helps funnel the ball through the hoop. Once the child is older the rim guide can be removed. It also includes a basketball.
Little Tikes Just Like The Pros Basketball Set
The Little Tikes Just Like The Pros Basketball Set is different from the others on this list for a couple of reasons. First, it is taller than the others. Standing from 4 to 6 feet tall, it has 5 adjustable height settings. Second, the clear backboard gives this goal a more realistic feel. There is also another difference. It is more expensive than the others on this list, at over $200 on Amazon. This basketball goal is designed for indoor or outdoor use and comes with a basketball.
While these are some of the most popular goals, there are many other basketball goals for kids available, and most have similar features: adjustable heights and bases that can be weighted. Just about all of them include a basketball. They can be a lot of fun for both the kids and the adults that look on (and maybe even join in a game).