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Wizard of Oz Party Ideas: Games, Activities, and Food

Updated on December 3, 2016
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Adele has been a youth services librarian in public libraries for 20 years. She received her MLIS from University of Texas-Austin.

Party Activities for Kids and Adults

Here is a collection of Wizard of Oz games and activities you won't find anywhere else on the web.

Most of these ideas are quick and simple to put together using items you have around the house, or things you can easily get at the store.

Most of the activities--such as Name Game and Wizard of Oz Pictionary--are things in which both children and adults can participate.

I've also included links to decorations and food. See the "easy treats" link towards the bottom of this page for another site that includes lots of super-easy treat ideas. You will find cupcakes that are a snap, rainbow candies and the clever, but oh-so-simple "Tin Man Kisses."

Poster from 1900
Poster from 1900

Poster from 1900 advertising The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Wikimedia Commons

The Name Game (Characters from the Movie)

1. Take small slips of paper and write the name of one of the characters from the book on it. Below, you'll see a list of suggested characters to use. With a piece of tape, fasten a slip on each participants' back. (Don't let them see the name on the slip.) You can also write the character's name on a label used for file folders. Then you can just peel off the label and fasten it to the person's shirt.

2. Once all the players have been assigned names, have them turn around and show the name on their back to the other players. They may ask "yes" or "no" questions to help them guess which name they have. For example, they could ask questions like "Am I human?" and "Do I have magic powers?"

3. Once a player has guessed correctly, he/she can move the sign to the front of the shirt to show that they have correctly guessed. That player can continue playing and answer questions for players who are still trying to guess their character. (Or, you can make up more than one slip for each player and given them another character to guess.)

Main Characters from The Wizard of Oz:

Dorothy

Scarecrow

Tin Man

Cowardly Lion

Wicked Witch of the West

Glinda, the Good Witch of the North

Wizard of Oz

Auntie Em

Toto

Munchkin Mayor

Winged Monkey

Miss Gulch

Original illustration from the book
Original illustration from the book

Dorothy rescues Toto. Original illustration from the book. Wikimedia Commons

Wizard of Oz Drawing Game

This is basically a game like Pictionary, in which one person on a team draws a person, place, or thing from the story, and the others on the team try to guess.

Words to Use for Wizard of Oz Drawing Game

Using index cards, write down the names of people, places, or things from the book. Here is a list of ideas.

Dorothy

Scarecrow

Tin Man

Cowardly Lion

Tornado

Rainbow

Broom

Ruby Slippers

Emerald City

Bicycle

Wicked Witch of the West

Glinda, the Good Witch of the North

Wizard of Oz

Toto

Munchkin

Winged Monkey

Poppies

House

Hot Air Balloon

Wizard of Oz Movie Trivia

A good trivia game is always fun. Use the following sites to generate questions for your games.

You can divide your guests into teams and give a small prize or favor to the members of the team that answer the most questions correctly.

Or, you can print out a written trivia quiz. (This is especially helpful if you need something for guests to do as you wait for everyone to arrive.) Then give a prize to the person who demonstrates the most "Oz Knowledge."

Scarecrow Relay Race

If you can take the party outdoors, or if you have a very large room (like a library's meeting room, or a church basement), you can do this variation of a clothing relay races.

Gather together two sets of clothing that you think would look good on a scarecrow. For example: two pairs of big shoes or slippers, two pairs of jeans, two plaid shirts, and two straw hats--or whatever you can find at your local second-hand store.

Divide your guests into teams of two or four.

The teams will compete against each other two at a time.

Give the first runner on each team a suitcase or bag with the scarecrow getup. At the signal "go," each participant will pull on all the clothes (over their existing clothes) and race to a goal on the opposite side of the room (or field). The person will then take off all the scarecrow clothes, put them back in the suitcase or bag, and run back to the start where the next person will repeat the process.

The following link contains more complete directions for this activity:

Original illustration from the book
Original illustration from the book

Dorothy meets the Munchkins. Original illustration from the book. Wikimedia Commons

Wizard of Oz BINGO

BINGO is a fun, simple game to play, but putting together different BINGO cards can be quite time-consuming.

Luckily, this BINGO generator site greatly simplifies the process of making a set of BINGO cards with a given theme. To start, you choose the number of squares you’d like (9 or 25), enter the words you want to use, and then click the button "Free Bingo Space" to generate a card.

After you print that card, just click the button again to generate a card which configures the words differently. Keep generating cards until you have as many as you want.

Characters to put on BINGO Cards

Here are some characters/types of beings to put on the BINGO cards:

Dorothy

Scarecrow

Tin Man

Cowardly Lion

Wicked Witch of the West

Glinda, the Good Witch of the North

Wizard of Oz

Auntie Em

Toto

Munchkin Mayor

Winged Monkey

Miss Gulch

Sources for Bingo Clues

Now that you have your cards printed, you need to generate some clues that your guests can answer by putting a token on a BINGO space.

For instance, one clue could be "Wanted to ask the Wizard of Oz for a heart."

Any participants that have the phrase "Tin Man" on their sheet would place a token over his name.

If you want to have harder clues, take a look at the trivia games listed earlier in this site.

For a good basic listing of facts, use the following sites:

Original illustration from the book
Original illustration from the book

Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion. Original illustration from the book. Wikimedia Commons

Gathering Game: Heart, Courage, Brains

You can set up a game in which your guests earn a heart, like the Tin Man; courage, like the Cowardly Lion; and brains like the Scarecrow.

Here are some suggestions for activities:

COURAGE:

Trust Fall--One participant fall back into another’s arms

Mystery Box --Put something slimy or creepy—peeled grapes, spaghetti, rubber spiders—into a box. Put a hand-sized hole in the top and have participants close their eyes, then reach in and feel the mystery substance.

HEART (Be sure to check with recipients first to make sure what you want to bring is something they can store and use.)

Gather or prepare flowers to take to neighbors.

Decorate cards to give to local nursing home.

Write nice notes to give to each other.

Bring canned goods for local food bank.

Bring books to donate to health clinic, battered women’s shelter, classroom, etc.

BRAINS

Complete a trivia quiz (see section earlier in this site for a printable quiz).

Complete a puzzle (see below for a puzzle-making site)

Make Puzzles with an Online Puzzle Generator

You can use puzzles as a warm-up activity as your guests arrive. Or, you can use them as the activity for participants to earn a “brain,” like the Scarecrow.

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He has a creative touch will wow you with a ball of flame, a melting witch and hot air balloon. And, the tornado actually spins; I kid you not.

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