Every so often, my kids and their friends like to pretend that they have broken limbs. They act out dramatic scenarios that revolve around a tragic injury and the convalescing that follows. I thought I’d give them a few props to help feed their imagination. Fake casts made from cotton tube socks did the trick. Unfortunately, they also really want braces – that will be a bit harder to pull off. When I was a child I wanted braces so badly that I unwrapped paperclips and bent them over my teeth – which was uncomfortable and not at all realistic. I guess it runs in the family.