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Wizard of Oz Crafts: Four Characters to Cherish

written by: Tania Cowling • edited by: Carly Stockwell • updated: 3/31/2014

Follow the Yellow Brick Road…we’re off the see the wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz. Engage your students in making these cute replicas of the four endearing characters of this story and movie.

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    The Wizard of Oz is in its 75th year of celebration of the movie created in 1939. Share the book or view the movie with your students. Then, spend art time making these fun characters of the story. Use these crafts for decorations in your classroom or props to re-act the story with the children.

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    Dorothy

    Dorothy 

    Dorothy, the main character, is a young girl from Kansas. She lived with her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry and her dog, Toto, on a farm in the Midwest. After a bump on the head during a tornado, her dreams take her to a magical land in Oz where she meets her beloved friends.

    You will need:

    • Card stock or poster board
    • Blue and white gingham fabric
    • Brown yarn
    • Red sequins
    • Googly eyes
    • Markers
    • Crayon (flesh tone)
    • Heavy-duty glue
    • Safety scissors

    Directions

    1. Draw a girl shape onto the card stock. Precut the shape or have the children carefully cut the doll shape with safety scissors.
    2. Dress the doll with a precut dress made from gingham fabric. Have the children glue this in place.
    3. Use a flesh colored crayons and color the face, arms, and legs.
    4. Take six precut strands of brown yarn (about 10-inches long) and glue these to the top of the doll’s head. Let this dry thoroughly.
    5. With markers, have the students draw in facial features. Googly eyes can be glued in place if they are available.
    6. Wrap the bottom of the hair on each side with tiny strips of gingham fabric to make pigtails.
    7. Dorothy is famous for her ruby slippers she obtained from Glinda, the good witch. Glue red sequins on the shoe part of both feet.
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    Scarecrow

    Scarecrow 

    Dorothy meets the Scarecrow on her walk down the yellow brick road.

    You will need:

    • Blue card stock or heavy paper
    • Construction paper
    • Raffia or straw
    • Markers
    • Glue
    • Safety scissors
    • Buttons (optional)

    Directions

    1. Cut geometric shapes to construct the scarecrow (see photo).
    2. Invite the children to glue these in place on the blue card stock background page.
    3. Use markers to draw in facial features.
    4. Glue pieces of raffia out the arms, legs, and on top of the scarecrow’s head.
    5. Add buttons to the scarecrow’s shirt if desired.
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    Tin Man

    Tin Man 

    Dorothy and the Scarecrow meet the Tin Man in route to Oz.

    You will need:

    • Black construction paper
    • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
    • Safety scissors
    • Glue
    • Googly eyes (optional)

     Directions

    1. Help your students cut geometric shapes from aluminum foil. You will need a circle, triangle, square, and several rectangles (see photo).
    2. Have the children glue these in place onto the black background paper.
    3. Use a black marker to make facial features. Googly eyes may be glued on the face if available.
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    Lion

    Lion 

    The last character that is met is the Cowardly Lion on their way to Oz.

    You will need:

    • Paper plate
    • Brown, white and yellow poster paints
    • Paintbrush
    • Markers
    • Brown pipe cleaners
    • Construction paper
    • Brown yarn
    • Heavy-duty glue
    • Googly eyes (optional)

     Directions

    1. Paint the paper plate light, golden brown. Try mixing brown, yellow, and white paints together to get the shade you like. Let this dry thoroughly.
    2. On the dry surface, draw in facial features with markers (see photo). Glue pieces of pipe cleaner for the whiskers and googly eyes if available.
    3. Take strands of brown yarn and make clusters of loops. Glue these onto the top part of the plate as the mane. A cool glue gun works best if you have an adult to do this task.
    4. After the mane is finished, glue two ears in place.
    5. A craft stick can be taped onto the back of this plate so children can manipulate the lion as a puppet if you wish.

Wizard of Oz Theme

These lesson plans provide fun learning opportunities and crafts for children in preschool or Kindergarten, based on the Wizard of Oz books and films.
  1. The Wizard of Oz Theme for the Preschool Classroom
  2. Wizard of Oz Crafts: Four Characters to Cherish