Activity Ideas for "The Wizard of Oz"

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Activity Ideas for "The Wizard of Oz"
Guests can make their own version of red ruby slippers. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

If you are planning a "The Wizard of Oz" birthday party or get-together, you can arrange a few activities to keep the guests entertained. Play the 1939 movie as soon as your guests arrive, so everyone has a fresh memory of the movie characters. Keep the movie playing throughout the event for entertainment. To plan the perfect party, all you need are a few supplies, a creative imagination and some "The Wizard of Oz" activity ideas.

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Easy Activities

For young children, print several "The Wizard of Oz" colouring pages. Have the children sit around the table and colour the pictures. They can use paint, markers and crayons. For added decoration, have them paint a thin layer of glue on top of their pictures and sprinkle with glitter to make the colouring page sparkle. Older children can do the same thing or draw their own freehand pictures. Award prizes to the most creative and funniest pictures.

Dress-Up Activities

Give the guests a box of clothes to dress-up as characters from "The Wizard of Oz." Some characters include Dorothy, Toto, Glinda the Good Witch, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man, munchkins and the Wicked Witch of the West. For older children, make this into a costume contest. Give the children 30 minutes to create their best "The Wizard of Oz" costume on each other or themselves. They can use face paint, clothes, cardboard boxes and accessories to put the costumes together. Award prizes to the most realistic and clever costumes.

Games

Have the children sit in a circle and hand one child a plush dog that resembles Toto, Dorothy's dog. Play music and tell the children to pass the dog around the circle. When the music stops, the player holding Toto is out of the game. Keep playing and eliminate one player each round. The last player left in the game wins the plush Toto. For another game, print pictures of "The Wizard of Oz" characters and hide them all around the play area. The player who finds the most pictures wins the game. Alternatively, you can find plastic "The Wizard of Oz" characters online and at some toy stores and hide them instead of the pictures.

Crafts

Guests can make their own pair of red ruby flip-flops to take home. Give each child a pair of red flip-flops. Have them glue red pom-poms all over the straps. Paint glue on the pom-poms and any part of the strap that shows. Sprinkle red glitter all over the glue and allow time to dry. Shake off excess glitter before wearing. The guests can also make coloured lollipops to resemble the lollipops the munchkins carry. Have them glue two paper plates together (facing together). Pinch one end of an empty paper towel roll together and glue it in between the plates to look like the lollipop's stick. Cover the plates with coloured cellophane and use a rubber band to hold the cellophane on. For added decoration, paint the paper towel roll white.

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