So, our week of activities turned out to be all about The Wizard of Oz. But we still had Oz the Great and Powerful to watch for movie night and a dinner menu to go with it.
(I used the lovely “You Are In Oz” printable found free from 36th Avenue here
for the table.)
Our Oz The Great and Powerful Menu:
Oscar’s Carnival Corn Dogs
Evanora’s Bewitched Apples
China Town Chocolate (Pudding in Scarlett’s tiny tea cups)
Glinda’s Pink Lemonade
Finley’s Frozen Bananas (Diana’s Banana Babies)
There was a bit of a chocolate overload in this menu – oops! Luckily, the kids decided they just wanted regular bananas – Scarlett ate three! I figure with the bananas and the apples, it sort of cancels out the corn dogs. Right?
I love this movie. The kids got through about half before they decided they didn’t want to watch “grown up shows” anymore. I guess a little doll and a talking monkey aren’t kiddish enough for them? It’s probably best because they missed the scarier, witchier parts. I will watch it again and again, though.
My menu cards are available for download here. Enjoy!
When I bought my copy of Oz The Great and Powerful, I also picked up the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD Minnie’s the Wizard of Dizz. It’s a new version of The Wizard of Oz, starring Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and the rest of Mickey’s Clubhouse gang.
Scarlett adores Minnie Mouse so I thought she might like it.
Both kids were captivated. Luke loved the tornado and Pete the Witch. Scarlett loved the Rainbow and Minnie wearing blue instead of pink. We actually watched it twice in a row.
After we were done, I looked around the internet for some Dizz related activities. I found some printable activity pages, so we colored and did a maze.
It was a nice way to spend the afternoon.
I was not compensated for this post at all. Just liked the DVD and it went well with our weekly theme!
After reading this DIY scented rice post from Growing A Jeweled Rose, I knew I wanted to try it. I found some Pina-Pineapple Kool-Aid mix on clearance and it was the perfect shade for making a rice Yellow Brick Road!
While it’s tropical scent probably didn’t smell much like Oz (although it smelled delicious), I thought it looked pretty good.
I added some sparkly cardboard flowers in pink for poppies and green for the Emerald City. I also added a basket for Dorothy as well as a Lion, Tiger and Bear.
Luke dove right in and mixed it up immediately. That’s part of the fun, of course!
|Mmm – Pineapples!
He made a rice house for the animals, and then bulldozed it with this hands. And then he started tossing rice, so that was the end of that :). Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
For the first part of the Wizard of Oz exhibit at Port Discovery museum, we visited Dorothy’s home in Kansas, Munchkin village, and met friends along the Yellow Brick Road.
The second part, on the other side of the museum, was an experience with Emerald City. It added a bit more Science to our visit.
Welcome to Oz!
The “Wizard” let kids experiment with a voice changer and special effects.
They could also try color mixing for A Horse of a Different Color.
A special viewer let us see thing from the Wicked Witch’s point of view.
And peddling Miss Gulch’s bike created a movie of her turning into the witch.
There was lots more fun to be had at Port Discovery that wasn’t even related to The Wizard of Oz. See Part III for everything else!
We showed the kids The Wizard of Oz the night before we went so they had a reference point, and Scarlett spent the entire drive singing “Follow The Yellow Brick Road.” It was a nice build up.
The Oz exhibit was pretty neat, with many different things to explore.
The first area we visited had items from Kansas and from stops along the Yellow Brick Road.
Inside Dorothy’s room, we could see the tornado and make it spin!
We found the yellow brick road. We didn’t attempt to build the rainbow arch.
|Build a Rainbow over the Yellow Brick Road
Scarlett had fun dressing up the Munchkins and making the apple tree talk.
Luke learned about optical illusions.
He brushed the lion’s mane and passed the courage test!
He also played with some gears to get the Tin Man’s heart beating.
There were several other little parts to this section, including building Glinda’s crown, playing songs with pipes in Munchkinland, decorating Scarecrow, and making a tornado in a tube.
And there was even more Oz to explore once we made it to Emerald City. Check out Part II for more pics!
This week Oz the Great and Powerful is being released on DVD and Blu Ray. I actually got to see this movie in the theater and I thought it was awesome. I’m pretty excited to own a copy myself!
|Blurry pic of the Ruby Slippers at Smithsonian Museum of American History
First I’ll have to show the kids The Wizard of Oz. I’ll probably throw in The Wizard of Dizz. So I guess it’s sort of Wizard of Oz week, too. Oz is good in all forms, so I don’t mind.