Getting your children involved in any combat sport is a fantastic idea (they are a great way for toddlers and kids to let out stress and learn how to control their emotions!) but of course as a concerned parent, you will want to make sure that their training is as safe and enjoyable as possible. The best way to do this is by making sure that your son or daughter has the right equipment to practise with. With so many options available in store and online, it can be almost impossible to decide which is the right option for you and your child! That is why we put together the best punching bags for kids buyers guide.
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Before diving into the details of this guide, it will be helpful for you to know what ages these recommendations are most suitable for. The boxing bags listed here will be most useful for kids between the ages of 3 – 12. If your little one is slightly older (or noticeably stronger, of a larger build/frame or a more experienced fighter), you may wish to read our best punching bags for teenagers buyers guide instead. The bags found there are heavier and more suitable for older fighters.
The Complete Junior Punching Bag Review List
So as mentioned briefly above, we recognise that your child’s safety and happiness will be what is most important when it comes to them participating in any combat sports (this means anything from training to compete in MMA tournaments to just blowing off some steam by hitting a speed or heavy bag). However, of course there will be other things to take into consideration such as price/budget, durability, product set up, functionality and design.
The children’s punch bag guide aims to give you further details on all different kinds of boxing bags that could suit you and your children’s wants and needs. Now, the thing to remember is that your kids still have years ahead of them to find their favourite sport(s). They may like the sound of boxing now but who knows, depending on who they become friends with, what TV shows and movies they watch, how their strength develops and even just how their interests change, this can change. Perhaps in a couple years they give Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a go at a school introductory session and decide that this is the sport for them. Should this happen, you will want a punch bag that is suitable for multiple fighting styles. That is why we have tried to review a wide variety of bags, all of which could be useful to someone practising any of the brilliant combat sports taught in dojos, societies, gyms and clubs across the country.
It goes without saying but as authors we still feel the need to draw attention to this, in this life you get what you pay for. You only need to sit back and read some of the Amazon reviews left on some of the cheap kids boxing bags to see evidence of this. Something which could have an effect on your son or daughters health and safety (not to mention enjoyment of the sport which can encourage healthy participation well into adulthood) is well worth the investment. We urge you to not simply go for the cheapest option but to consider all factors before purchasing a punching bag for your child. Seeing as you have found this article, we know that you have already taking this into account and are seeking out a wide range of information and opinions on the options available.
As with our other buyers guides, our reviews are based on the assumption that your child or children will be using their punch bag regularly but not for professional or competition training (although our experts pick is more suitable for competition training and is favoured by martial arts gyms!). These bags are perfect if your kid is making use of it multiple times a week for reasonable training sessions (in between 30 minutes and an hour and a half). If they intend to use it for more specialist training, I recommend either going with the expert pick or visiting a licensed fighting coach to ask their opinion on what kind of bag would be best for your specific purpose.
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Best Kids Punching Bags
1. Century Lil Dragon Wavemaster Training Bag
As mentioned above, the Century Lil Dragon Wavemaster punching bag is the preferred option of martial arts gyms around the country. The superb design, excellent material and light hearted aesthetic also makes it a top pick of kids in the local fighting gyms! Such a high quality bag allows your child to perfect several different punches, kicks, fighting strategies and techniques. The second children get hitting these bags it becomes clear that they were designed and constructed with young martial artists in mind. You only need to skim the Amazon review section on this bag to see that all the Wavemaster teams hard work and dedication is paying off big time.
If we start with the premium nylon shell, from the outset (or in this case, outside) the product offers nothing but quality. Nylon is a fantastic choice for a children’s boxing bag because it is easy on the hands (especially important for younger kids who still have many sensitive and delicate bones and tendons around the hands and wrists) and feet, smoothly finished which not only makes it pleasant to touch but also offers a sleek look and durable. Nylon is also extremely tough and durable helping prevent rips, tears and scuffs before they even become an issue. Furthermore this means it can be left outside if necessary, a big bonus when it comes to something like a punching bag which can take up a lot of room no matter how well designed and thought out it is (as is the case with this bag).
As with other filled base bags, the set up of this option is relatively easy when compared to heavy bags which often have to be hung by chains from a ceiling or wall bracket. You can simply fill the base with sand or water to secure it in place. Whilst we like to recommend sand because we personally believe it can cause less damage if it leaks (water can ruin flooring and surrounding areas if enough of it remains on the surface), some people would argue that as sand is heavier and consists of tiny grains (which could for example become wedged in between floor boards), it could cause just as much damage if not more so. Another benefit of opting for sand over water is that water if left unchanged can start to smell after some weeks. Not what you want in an area which will already have a bit of a whiff because of the sweat inducing workouts taking place there.
The Century Lil Dragon bag does not come with any accessories but if this bag is right for you/you are seriously considering investing in this bag, you will be better off ordering your kids boxing gloves, hand wraps and other equipment separately anyway. This bag is for the serious fighters (or want to be serious fighters) who will likely be training more often and more intensely. Any accessories would likely need to be replaced relatively soon and would not do your kid justice.
To some, the downside of this bag would have to be the price. As it is for more specialist training sessions this is of course to be expected. On the positive side, you really get what you pay for when purchasing this bag. It is not out of place at some of the top training gyms which means if you opt to order this one for your home, you are well on your way to turning your property into a part time pro training area.
- Respected by top licensed trainers and coaches.
- Can be positioned outside if necessary.
- High quality, durable nylon material.
- Cute, child friendly design.
- Easy to set up thanks to water or sand filled base.
- 4 height settings means you can adjust the bag to your kids age, height and desired fighting style.
- High impact foam interior can take a serious beating meaning it should stand up to even the strongest of punches from slightly older kids.
- Loved by kids!
- Only negative we could find through countless hours of research was the slightly higher price. In our opinion, well worth the investment if you want a bag that performs in all areas and can be used effectively as your child grows in strength and size.
2. RDX Kids Punching Bag – Junior Kick Boxing/MMA Heavy Bag
RDX is a premium brand who makes (you guessed it), premium products! The junior punch bag follows in the footsteps of the adult version of this boxing and MMA bag. This one is our best recommended choice because it is suitable for a wide range of martial arts (including boxing, MMA, Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Taekwondo, Krav Maga and/or Muay Thai). The bag is approx. 2ft high (or 3 feet with chains included) which is a great size for child combat sports practitioners.
RDX often likes to make use of non tear Maya hide, twinned leather as it is known to be weatherproof and long lasting and the material used on this bag is no different. This means that the bag can be used indoors or outdoors which is an exceptional feature for a hanging heavy punch bag. The gloves included with this kit are made from the same material which means they go together perfectly. The rust proof swivel chain included and second chain high grade steel chain are also suitable for the harsh outdoor elements. Finally, the bag is filled with with shredded textiles which offers a soft but firm punching surface.
Set up of chain hung punching bags are often trickier than that of filled base bags and unfortunately this is the case still for the RDX kids punching bag. The fact that this is a smaller bag (2ft before being hung) makes things easier as it is more light weight. A couple of adults can quickly and easily lift the bag into place and hang it securely.
Now this junior boxing kit is on the cheaper side (or so it would appear) but you should take into consideration the shipping cost. Whilst this is the case with most punching bags, it isn’t cheap or easy to ship such heavy products, it should be a consideration. For the convenience of having a bag delivered to your door ready for you to set up though and given the quality of this product, it is 100% worth the price.
The RDX punch bag comes with just as high quality boxing gloves which means the kit is perfect for a beginner fighter! Your little one will be itching to have a go on the bag and the worst thing is waiting all that time whilst the bag is set up only to find that the gloves don’t fit or worse, there are no gloves at all. Well, not with this bag. As soon as set up is complete, your child can put the safe and secure bag work gloves on and start letting off some steam.
- RDX is a trusted, respected, premium brand known through out the martial arts community and industry.
- The punch bag and gloves are made from high quality non tear, twinned leather Maya hide leather.
- Excellent size for kids (approx. 2ft high, 3ft hung).
- Kit with gloves allows your child to start training as soon as the bag is hung.
- Multiple color options.
- Excellent price (but you should still take into account shipping costs!).
- Excellent price (although as above, take into account shipping).
- More experienced fighters may want to select their child’s gloves separately – this just means you have a spare pair :)!
3. Liberty Imports Kids Adjustable Boxing Bag with Gloves
It would seem that many people purchasing this bag expect more from it, but our research highlighted that this is a misconception on the part of the customers reviewing the product for the most part. By diving deep into the product descriptions available online, the listed features, reading all reviews and putting several important questions to the expert coaches and trainers in our network, we were able to get a more objective and well rounded look at this bag. What we found was that some of the harsher reviews may not be entirely fair. The price of the bag would lead us to believe that perhaps not the most luxurious (or durable) material could have been used and extra care would have to be taken to maintain the bag. We will go into more detail on these points and more immediately below. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves to take everything we read online with a pinch of salt (yes, even our buyers guides!) because we were a little taken back when we first saw some of the more negative reviews found online for this product.
The Liberty Imports punch bag is made from durable material which will stand up to your child’s punches for a reasonable time. Bare in mind the lower price on this bag means that it couldn’t possibly be made out of the most premium materials and you should consider this when purchasing it. With proper maintenance (ideally kept indoors in a dry room) the bag can however last for months or even (if you’re lucky and extra careful), years. The light weight material is a joy to punch, especially for younger fighters, and offers quick recoil back to practise both offensive and defensive techniques.
A sand or water filled base makes setting up the bag quick and easy. Just attach the height adjustable weighted stand to the base, fill with your chosen material and inflate the bag. The bag is adjustable from 30 inches to 43 inches which makes it perfect for kids between the ages of 3 and 6 years old. Adjust the height to the max setting and it quickly becomes suitable for any child up to 10 years old to!
The Liberty Imports speed bag comes with training gloves which are suitable for this style of bag. These (partnered with the bag) allows kids to develop speed, accuracy and strength whilst training. As a beginner (which this bag is perfectly suited for), you wont need anything else to start developing your skills.
One of the major positives of this bag would have to be the low price offered. This is what makes it perfect for youngsters and juniors because they will no doubt grow out of it eventually meaning you will have to get a new one at some point. The lower price takes the string out of this a little and allows you to save more elsewhere so that you can invest in a higher quality heavy bag once they have picked up some more fighting skills.
- Low price allows your kid to get their start in combat sports and martial arts without you having to break the bank.
- Boxing gloves included in this junior punching bag set.
- Durable and high quality material considering the price.
- Recoil allows your children to perfect aggressive and defensive strategies and techniques.
- Of course at this lower price, the quality suffers some what.
- The speed bag is great for developing speed, accuracy and focus but not the best option if strength and stamina is your concern.
4. Original 46″ 3-D Bozo Bop Bag
The Bozo Bop punch bag is a classic and if you are a parent who boxed in your own youth and now buying for your child, perhaps you will remember one of the initial runs! Bozo have recreated this much loved classic so that junior fightings over the world can use it to get a start with their self defence training. The original design was first release to market in the 1960s and was an instant hit with children learning martial arts. This themed punching bag for kids really brings an element of fun to the training session and is a great first punch bag for any lucky kid!
The bag consists of a soft, long lasting vinyl material which allows it to rock back and forth effortlessly when hit. The inflatable material is easier on the knuckles and wrists (and all of the sensitive joints that make up the hands of younger fighters). The nose also features a squeaky mechanism that makes an amusing sound when hit, adding to the fun of the training session.
The set up for this bag couldn’t be easier. It ships with sand pre-filled into the base so all you have to do is inflate the bag and get swinging.
The bag comes with no accessories and at this price, it would be too good to be true if it did. If shopping online at Amazon though, you do have the option to purchase a set of children’s boxing gloves whilst placing your order.
The price of this bag is incredible and it is perfect for a child just getting into the world of combat sports and martial arts training. Of course the bag ships a bit heavier because it comes with sand pre-filled in the base but this makes it that much easier to set up once it arrives!
- Exceptional price.
- Perfect for those just getting started in combat sports.
- Sand filled base (pre-filled) makes the punch bag jump back up after being knocked down from even the toughest of blows.
- Long lasting (especially considering the low price).
- 3D squeaky nose brings added enjoyment to training sessions.
- Classic design from the 1960s!
- Vinyl material can only last so long.
5. Ringside Youth 40 lbs Heavy Punch Bag Kit
Ringside, a brand that screams authentic boxing. These youth punching bags wouldn’t be out of place in one of the Rocky movies. They offer all sorts of value to the sport (news, information and brilliant products!) and are trusted by some of the top boxing and fighting gyms around the world. Your kid could be the next champion fighter if they get started early on one of these kids punching bags. As this bag is similar to the adult version of a heavy bag, you can teach your child how to train with a heavy bag safely and effectively. A heavy bag (even a miniature, youth one) can be used to develop strength, speed and accuracy and to get the most intense workout yet!
The Ringside brand likes to keep things traditional and for this reason, they make use of leather (real and faux). Any youth boxer will be lucky to get a proper workout in on an authentic heavy bag and this bag allows them to do just that! Exceptional manufacturing methods are used to piece together the materials and keep the filling securely inside the bag. This has the added benefit of packing it evenly which makes for a better striking surface. The material and filler is slightly tougher than other options listed in this buyers guide, so your child should take caution not to strike it too hard initially just to get a gauge on how their hands and wrists will react to the stronger surface. Finally, the bag comes pre-filled with quality material.
It may come as no surprise (if you are a seasoned fighter yourself) that traditional heavy bags require more set up than other freestanding, filled base options. You should expect swivel triggers and chains to come with your punch bag which will need to be hung directly from the bag stand/hanger (must be purchased separately) or wall/ceiling. Once set up, the bag measures approximately 4ft 4 in. It can be set up indoors or outdoors but for best results and maintenance, you should keep it outside. I would recommend purchasing a stand to make the set up process easier and quicker but if you have a space with a beam which could take the 40lbs+ weight, by all means hang it there and watch the training sessions unfold!
This heavy bag comes with kids training gloves and hand wraps, allowing your children to get their training started as soon as you have the bag set up and ready. As a proper introduction to boxing, this junior kit is really all your children will need. The bare essentials necessary to have a brilliant workout, develop some powerful fighting skills and have a fantastic time are included. It should be noted that some reviewers found the gloves more suitable for older children (between the ages 10 and 12) so if you have a younger kid you may wish to purchase a pair of training gloves separately based off their measurements.
So, traditional heavy bags always come at a slightly higher cost (especially those made from high quality material, from a premium brand and with accessories needed for training included!) and of course a bag from the premium Ringside brand is no different. Surprisingly though this bag is exceptionally well priced. For a fraction of the cost of some of the other inflatable options, you can have an authentic boxing experience each and every time you step into your garage, garden, home gym or designated training area.
- Premium Ringside brand.
- Reasonable price considering the quality and accessories included in this youth boxing kit.
- A great pair of training gloves and hand wraps included for maximum training safety.
- Glowing review profile from genuine customers.
- Chains and chain swivel included in the kit.
- Great for kids between the ages of 4 and 13 years old.
- Comes pre-filled making the bag set up that much easier.
- Allows your kids to learn how to train using a heavy bag safely and effectively.
- Set up not as easy when compared to inflatable options.
- Some reviewers claim that the training gloves are better suited for older children so you may have to purchase another pair if your child is on the younger side.
6. Century Junior Throwing Buddy – MMA Bag
The Century Junior throwing buddy is a top contender when it comes to the kids punching bag, especially for mixed martial arts (MMA) training and general self defence development. This bag will allow your child to perfect a wider range of fighting and defensive styles including throws, grappling, wrestling and ground work. The bag is brilliantly soft which means it can be thrown about without concern of damage to the surroundings or causing injury to your child. The human shape design makes it perfect for self defence training – show your child how to respond in an emergency, help them grow their confidence and discipline and also encourage them to try out a wider range of combat sports techniques and strategies. Some reviewers commented that they were dressing the fighting doll in a Judo uniform to make their child’s training sessions that much more relatable and realistic.
The throwing buddy is made out of high quality, 200 denier nylon which offers a soft, silky finish and filled with fibre which allows it to be thrown about intensely for months or even years to come. Weighing in at just 19 lbs also means that you can benefit from cheaper or even free shipping rates. With some of the strongest threat used for the long lasting stitching, rips and tears shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to the throwing buddy.
As this isn’t a hanging bag/traditional heavy bag, set up is minimal. The punch bag arrives pre-filled so as soon as you receive yours you can get it out and put it to good use. Maybe a quick overview/walk through with your child on how they should use it to train and anything you wanted to note about using the bag.
The bag is a more generic option so does not come with any training accessories. We recommend using any child’s training equipment you currently have (if any) when training on the bag but really no equipment is necessary. The soft texture and filler means gloves are not needed to strike to bag.
As this is an all encompassing kids punching bag perfect for a wider range of training styles and combat sports practise, it comes at a slightly higher price. The fact that this bag is so versatile and could be used for years to come (if taken care of properly!) more than makes up for this higher price. Overall, we think this one is a great addition to any training gym (whether your area is boxing, Judo or Krav Maga!). It could allow you to tackle any blind spots you have in your fighting arsenal.
- Perfect a broader range of skill sets/fighting styles.
- The choice for general self defence training.
- Can help improve your child’s confidence and discipline when it comes to training.
- Light weight (approx. 19lbs) makes it suitable for kids of all ages!
- Free shipping options.
- Higher price tag.
- Limited for boxing practise as the bag is not free standing or hung. Jabs, hooks, uppercuts and straights will have to be practised using other equipment (you will have to purchase this separately if you don’t own it already).
7. Ringside Kids Boxing Bag + Accessories
Another one from Ringside and for good reason, the brand is just fantastic. Not only for adults, for children to. This kids boxing bag comes with a range of accessories and offers that authentic look and feel that will make your child feel like they are straight out of one of their favourite fighting films. We try to only feature bags in our review lists which we would personally consider ordering for our own offspring which is why you will see so many positives listed. Objectivity is important though and this is why we endeavour to list any negatives our research finds. It comes in a range of colour options including pink, so if you have a little bundle of joy looking for a pink kids bag (or a black or blue one) this is a great option. Only recommended for 5 years old and younger. The size of the bag is small so if your child is stronger, bigger or older, it will simply be far too small.
The poly canvas material is the perfect for keeping the bag around the house but is less suitable if you intend to use it outside (as is the case with most kids punching bags unfortunately). The material is soft enough that it is perfectly suited for child boxers but firm enough to help develop their striking technique in a way that wont see themselves surprised when they move on to a larger, heavier and firmer heavy bag.
There is minimal set up when it comes to this bag. In part, because it is so lightweight but also because it can be hung up with even just some rope! You don’t need to invest in heavy duty chains, re-enforced hanging straps or even hammer a single nail into the wall. This is a big bonus because your child will grow rapidly and you will need likely be investing in a larger bag over the next few years.
There are glowing reviews when it comes to the accessories included in this kids punching bag set. Not only kids boxing gloves included but the kit also comes with a head guard. Comments made by previous purchasers highlight that the gloves are perfect for those up to 5 years old offering a comfortable, tight fit. It is good to get your child comfortable wearing and using a head guard also. Whilst you should not be mistaken in thinking that the head guard protects your child from blows to the head, it does help prevent cuts and bruises on the more sensitive parts of the face.
The price of this bag is on the low end and part of the reason is because it is so small. It is clearly for younger children and as such it makes sense for the price to be lower. This doesn’t mean quality is sacrificed however. The bag is still of excellent quality and the accessories perhaps even better. You can peacefully enjoy the price offered by the boxing kit without worrying about your child’s safety or enjoyment of the sport.
- Fantastic price when you consider what is included in this kit.
- Comes with gloves and a head guard for your child’s training!
- Easy set up.
- Light weight bag is easy on your child’s delicate hands and wrists.
- Bag is very small so not suitable for older, larger or stronger kids.
- Only suitable for young children (under the age of 5 but for best results approx. 3 years old).
8. Anfan Reflex Free Standing Bag – Adjustable for Kids
Lower amounts of customer reviews on this bag means you should take information found online with a pinch of salt. Whilst customer review profiles are rarely 100% accurate, you are always taking more of a risk ordering from a less popular (at least for now) listing. Having said that, the reviews for this bag are extremely positive. Furthermore, the bag is suitable for both adults and kids meaning more adults who actually use the bag day in, day out have taken the time to express their thoughts and opinions on the product. It also means that this bag is suitable for the whole family! This makes this item in particular great value for money.
Ultra strong sponge material (PU) and a fixed steel stand to house the bag makes sure you get the best training session possible. This means that the bag can take regular and consistent blows. Whether from a grown adult or a small child, the bag will remain standing. The sponge material makes the bag a pleasure to strike and means you will look forward to your training sessions that much more!
The filled base weighs 66lbs when filled with water and allows the bag to withstand upwards of 100lbs of force. It is height adjustable which makes it suitable for a wider range of fighters (from juniors to teens and older). Alternatively, use sand for a even more secure base. As this bag is free standing it also takes up a loss less space in your home, gym or training area.
Although the bag does not come with any accessories, it does come with all you need to set it up. The package includes the base, steel pipes, screws and foam protector. As the bag is perfect for families, it is probably for the best it doesn’t come with gloves as this would likely mean it costs a great deal more. You may wish to buy multiple pairs of gloves for your whole family to join in with the training and as such, may benefit from great discounts and offers when ordering them all at once separately. The same could be said for hand wraps, mouth guards and head shields.
Of course when compared to bags only suitable for kids, the price seems much higher. However, when compared to the average price of a training bag for adults, this price is completely reasonable! This is hands down one of the best options for those looking to purchase a bag that your kid can grow and adapt with. As their skills and strength progresses, you would otherwise have to invest into new punch bags costing you a great deal more. That is why height adjustable options such as this are loved by parents purchasing punching bags for their sons or daughters.
- Suitable for the entire family.
- Perfect for a growing child to train with.
- Spongey PU material is a pleasure to train with.
- Strong steel frame holds the bag even when upwards of 100lbs is thrown at it.
- Extremely reasonably priced considering the whole family can use it to train.
- Height adjustable means a wide range of fighting styles, moves and strategies can be practised.
- Not a traditional heavy bag so you may have to invest further as and when strength development becomes more important.
- Does not train your child on how to safely use a heavier, firmer bag without doing themselves an injury.
9. Everlast 25lb Heavy Bag
It wouldn’t be an accurate best punching bags list without featuring an Everlast heavy bag. The brand is a superior one in the world of combat sports and you don’t have to look far to see a professional athlete using their products heavily in their training regimes. Of course this is in part because of the brands large marketing budget but also simply the quality of the products they put out. Get your future junior champion started with the best kids punching bag and watch their skills develop ten fold.
The classic Everlast filler blend of custom fibres and sifted sand makes for one of the most enjoyable, high end and effective punching surfaces. Offering a nice fit to the hand when hit and also a firm surface to develop the toughness of the hands, this bag is perfect for those children looking to eventually compete or take part in a combat sport at a more serious level. As always, the bag should be used in doors. The harsh weather outside can have negative effects on even the most durable punching bags.
Comes with what you need to hang the bag but you may need to find a suitable place to set it up. Reviewers have commented that “the bag is perfect” in terms of size for a child and that it is effective for those looking to develop their fighting skills.