Adele has been a youth services librarian in public libraries for 20 years.
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 Pictionary—are things in which both children and adults can participate.
For a .pdf file of all the activity sheets you will see pictured below, visit Printable Activities for a Wizard of Oz Party.
The Name Game (Characters From the Movie)
- Print out the first document from the link above and then cut on the solid lines to form slips. With a piece of tape, fasten a slip on each participants' back. (Don't let them see the name on the slip.)
- 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?"
- 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 give them another character to guess.)
Main Characters From The Wizard of Oz:
- Tin Man
- Cowardly Lion
- Wicked Witch of the West
- Glinda (The Good Witch of the North)
- Wizard of Oz
- Auntie Em
- Munchkin Mayor
- Winged Monkey
- Miss Gulch
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.
In addition to the word slips, you will need a container for the slips, a one-minute timer, a marker or pen to draw with, and something to draw on, like a white board or a pad of paper.
- Print out the drawing game documents from the orange link given at the beginning of this article. Cut on the solid lines to form slips. Fold the slips and place them in a container like a hat or a bowl.
- Divide into two teams.
- One player (the “picturist”) from one team pulls a word slip. That person has five seconds to look at the word. Then, the timer starts and the picturist has one minute to sketch clues for his/her team. The other members of the picturist’s team try to guess the word that is being drawn.
- The picturist may not speak or gesture to teammates. Sketches may not include numbers or letters.
- Sketching and guessing continue until the picturist’s teammates either guess the word or time runs out.
- If the team guesses the word, that team gets a point, and play goes to the next team. The role of picturist on each team must rotate among the team members.
Wizard of Oz Movie Trivia
A good trivia game is always fun. The orange link at the beginning of this article has two pages of printable trivia/BINGO sheets you can use for a trivia game.
Print out the sheets and cut along the solid lines to separate it into slips. Fold the slips and place them in a container. Have someone pull out a slip and ask the question. The answer is printed in boldface at the bottom of the slip.
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
Wizard of Oz BINGO
BINGO is a fun and simple game, but making the cards can be time-consuming. Fortunately, this site simplifies the process of making a set of BINGO cards in which each card is different. You just choose the size of card, enter the terms you want to use, and click the button "Free Bingo Space" to generate a card. After you print that card, you can click the button again to generate a different card, and so on.
For the BINGO clues, print out the "Wizard of Oz Trivia/BINGO Cards" from the orange link at the beginning of this article. These cards have clues for eight of the characters from Wizard of Oz. With those eight words, you can make a set of 3X3 BINGO cards with a free space in the middle.
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 race.
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.
Here is a Relay Race Video that will show you how this game works.
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:
- 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.
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 a local nursing home.
- Write nice notes to give to each other.
- Bring canned goods for the local food bank.
- Bring books to donate to a health clinic, battered women’s shelter, classroom, etc.
- Complete a trivia quiz (see section earlier in this site for a printable quiz).
- Complete a puzzle
© 2013 Adele Jeunette