On the Court

On the Court lesson plan

What’s your favorite sport on a court? Design a regulation-size court and mark it on a playground with Crayola® Washable Sidewalk Paint!

  • 1.

    In small groups, research various games that are played on courts, such as tennis, basketball, and Four Corners. Choose a game your group would like to play. Find out the dimensions and requirements of the sport’s playing area. Investigate the game’s other rules, too.

  • 2.

    On white paper, use Crayola Erasable colored pencils to draw a scale drawing of the playing field you researched. Make sure your measurements show accurate dimensions. In your own words, write down the game’s rules.

  • 3.

    With the permission of an adult, find a safe asphalt or concrete surface that is at least 6 months old. Make sure the area has adequate space for you to play safely.

  • 4.

    Use the Crayola Washable Sidewalk Paint Kit and your scale drawing to make a life-sized version of the playing area. Test a small area to make sure the paint does not stain. Draw wide lines with the paint roller, and details with the Crayola So Big brush.

  • 5.

    Paints wash from skin with soap and water. Normal laundering procedures remove stains from most cotton, polyester, acrylic fabrics, and their blends. For best results, wash immediately in hot water. Do not use pre-wash products as they may set stains. Sev

  • 6.

    After the paint air dries, get the necessary equipment to play your court game, and teach it to your classmates. You are ready to play!

  • 7.

    Remove paint after 2 weeks if it has not washed off in the rain. Wash surface with the water pressure from a garden hose. Light brushing with a broom or nylon brush may be necessary to remove some paint.


  • Children research various court games and identify the rules and court requirements.
  • Students make a scale drawing of a chosen sport’s court and then mark the playing area to create a life-size court.
  • Children learn and apply the game’s rules as they use their created court.


  • Play a different game each day or week. Keep the scale drawing and rules in a notebook so you can draw courts again and again.
  • Invent your own outdoor game. Design a playing area and rules for your game. Remember to give it a name!
  • Investigate the history of a favorite court game. Where did it originate? What equipment was used? Who were the players? How did the game change over time? What other games are similar?