This “Beautiful Oops” activity is a preschool book craft focusing on fine motor skills with a concentration on awareness of differences, making mistakes, and not focusing on specific details, using a creative book activity based on the book, Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg. If you are looking for hands-on book related activities, this one is a big hit!
Beautiful Oops Activity
One part of social emotional development is the ability to “go with the flow”. Allowing ourselves to make mistakes and to adjust is a key part of maturity and a personality trait that can be difficult to teach unless given examples and practice. in this book activity, we read the book, Beautiful Oops! and created folded paper crafts using our mistakes.
This book craft is part of a series of activities that help kids build social and emotional skills such as:
- and other important skills involved with social emotional development.
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Beautiful Oops Craft
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What does Beautiful Oops teach?
Have you read the book, Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg? This is a book that we completely fell in love with. The creative process of art spills out over the pages as little (and big) “oops” messes, tears, and folds become art. While we do many crafts that are focused on an end product, process art is something we love in many creative projects!
Beautiful Oops! is a process art guide book. As we read the book, one of our favorite pages was the folded corner Oops that became a reason to celebrate with a cute penguin. We decided to make folded paper animals and couldn’t stop creating!
paper folding activity
To make our folded paper animals, we started with just a few materials. The best thing about this paper folding activity is that there was no “right way” to do the craft. Each paper fold was part of the process art! Just like in the book, Beautiful Oops, any fold, cut, tear, or pasted paper was part of the process to create something beautiful. When an “oops” happened when cutting the paper or folding the paper, it was just part of the fun!
Gather a bunch of materials to make the paper folding activity:
- Paper- scrap paper, construction paper, cardstock…whatever you have on hand
- Scraps of materials
We started with a big pile of assorted cardstock, a few pair of scissors and some glue. We started with a fold on the corner of the paper and let our imaginations go!
…and cut some more…
…and added details to our animal creatures.
We made a feeeew animals.
Folding paper Crafts
Use this craft to build fine motor skills! When kids fold paper, they work on a variety of fine motor skills. Click each link to read more about these specific skills and how they impact function.
- Finger isolation
- Hand strength
- Arch development and intrinsic hand strength
- Separation of the sides of the hand
- Eye-hand coordination
- Bilateral coordination
- Precision and graded force
And then put our folded paper creatures to work holding pages in books!
We had a blast with this book and can’t stop making our oops’ beautiful! Looking for more activities and crafts based on Beautiful Oops!? Try these from the Preschool Book Club:
Straw Blow Painting from Homegrown Friends
Painting on torn Newspaper from Buggy and Buddy
Circle and Holes Art from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Oops Painting from Mama. Papa. Bubba.
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