Seventy one years. Can you believe it? The Wizard of Oz is a timeless, classic masterpiece — both in literature and film — and today marks the 71st anniversary of the first time Dorothy was ever seen stepping into the colorful, magical world of Oz on the big screen. It was a day that changed movies, pop culture and childhoods forever.
You may have noticed that today’s Google Doodle pays homage to the Wizard of Oz, so we too will celebrate by showing you unique ways to pass on the story to the next generation. Since many moms and kids find some of the images in the movie to be a bit frightening (as explained by our Strollerderby blogger, Sandy), all of our picks are more gentle, friendly depictions of the classic characters — even the flying monkeys!
Click through to see 7 + 1 of our favorite Wizard of Oz ideas from Etsy.com:
1. Wizard of Oz Mini Notebooks (4) handmade by Stephanie Fizer:
These little Wizard of Oz notebooks are perfect for little hands to doodle and practice writing in. The artwork is so beautiful you might even want to frame the covers.
2. Wizard of Oz finger puppets/magnets by Pintassilgo Prints
As if I couldn’t possible adore these hand-printed and hand-painted finger puppets more, they also double as magnets! This is a truly special gift that goes way beyond standard stuffed Scarecrows and Dorothy dolls.
3. “Dorothy and Friends” Baby Booties by Whimbrella
These sweet, vintage-looking baby booties will introduce your little one to the classic characters without being overly Disney-ish. These from the Etsy shop Whimbrella are made from cotton/linen Japanese fabrics and fit babies up to 6 months.
4. Disco Red Soft-Soled Baby Shoes by Kaya’s Kloset
Or to go a little more glam, get your baby her first pair of Ruby Red Slippers! (Did you know that Dorothy’s slippers were originally silver, but changed to ruby for the movie? Find more surprising facts about The Wizard of Oz on our Famecrawler blog, here.)
5. Wizard of Oz Onesie by Sibling Specialtees
Introduce your little one to the whole gang in this Oz-inspired design.
6. Wizard of Oz Tile Pendants by spiffycool
These pendants (made from upcycled Scrabble tiles) feature vintage storybook illustrations from the original Wizard of Oz. And at $5.95 a pop, your little girl can collect them all!
7. Wizard of Oz sachet by itybitybags
Keep clothes naturally smelling fresh with this handmade sachet filled with cotton and dried lavender.
And the (+1) extra is actually a gift that’s more for mommy than baby:
Swoon! These Wizard of Oz stamp sets from the Etsy shop marchare are made with the original illustrations of W.W. Denslow. Since the story is so beloved, I love the idea of paying tribute to the original creation. So beautiful!