Emerald City


Travel the Yellow Brick Road to the Land of Oz! Create a dazzling Emerald City with recycled produce trays and Crayola® Glitter Glue.


1. Read the Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Review chapters 10 and 11 with a small group of classmates. Using Crayola Colored Pencils, make a list of words and phrases that describe the Emerald City. List both Baum's adjectives and some of your own.

2. Decide what buildings and characters will be shown in your 3-D city. Choose a scale for your city. Sketch a plan for your city according to this scale.

3. Using Crayola Markers, transfer your street plan onto a large sheet of cardboard. Decorate the cardboard with markers to make it look like the pavement described in the book.

4. To make buildings in your Emerald City, use Crayola Scissors to cut green recycled foam produce trays. Make several different shapes and sizes---all to scale. Use Crayola School Glue to glue the sides and tops of the buildings together. Dry.

5. With Crayola Glitter Glue, gift-wrap scraps, and tissue paper, decorate your buildings. Dry overnight.

6. Glue the buildings to the cardboard. Dry.

7. Using Crayola Crayons, Markers, and Colored Pencils, draw people and objects on white posterboard. Create tabs at the bottom of the figures so they can stand up. Glue pieces to the cardboard. Dry.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Recycled Foam Produce Trays—Wash in hot, soapy water. No meat or poultry trays should be used.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Paint the streets and buildings with Crayola® Tempera.
  • Use your replicas to tell the Wizard of Oz story to younger children or to present to families and the community.
  • Pretend you are Dorothy, the lion, scarecrow, or Tin Man. Write a letter to a friend that describes your feelings and observations as you approached the Emerald City.
  • Make a model of your town or city using similar materials and processes.
  • Study major cities of the world and create to-scale replicas of sections of them.

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crayola supplies
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • white paper
  • posterboard
  • Hallmark gift wrap
  • cardboard
  • Hallmark tissue paper
  • recycled foam produce trays
  • measuring tool



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Children read The Wizard of Oz.

  • Children list descriptive words and information about the Emerald City.

  • Students plan, design, and build their own 3-dimensional Emerald City.


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