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Beautiful Oops



Sometimes striving for perfection gets in the way of actually getting anything done. Many children (and adults) go through stages where they don’t want to do anything for fear of making a mistake. Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg allows you to see the world differently. Why should a mistake be terrible? Mistakes are part of life. Mistakes have to be made. Mistakes should be made. There is beauty in your oops!

'Beautiful Oops' by Barney Saltzberg


  • What is a mistake?
  • How does it make you feel when you think you have made a mistake?
  • What do you think will happen if you make a mistake?
  • Do you know anyone who you think doesn't make any mistakes?
  • Do you think that making a mistake could ever make you happy?
  • Why do you think some people are afraid of mistakes?
  • How can making a mistake be beautiful?

Let's Get Creative

Use a plain piece of paper and create or rip a hole in it. What can you create from your 'oops'? Could you create a crocodile or monster like in the book, or could you create something new? Use your imagination and see where your 'oops' takes you...




Have a go at experimenting with paint techniques - using straws to blow paint across the paper, using pipettes or droppers to create paint blobs or placing some paper in a tray and rolling the paint around to create paint patterns. Can you create a picture or character using your paint blobs?


Paper Animals

Practice cutting, gluing and experimenting with folding paper to create your own folded 'oops' animal.



Fairytale Mistakes

Some of our fairytale favourites have got lost in the wrong story. Could you create a new story - a mixed up fairytale - and tell an adult your new version of events? For example, "Once upon a time, the gingerbread man went to the three bears house and ate a bowl of soup". 




To fix the fairytale mistakes, can you now match the story setting to the correct character?

What can a shape create?

Can you create a shape picture? Ask an adult to draw a 2D shape on some paper (e.g. a triangle, a circle, a square or an oblong). How can you use that shape to create a picture? See what you can create from a single shape.