Broken Bones STEAM

Practice problem-solving and fine motor skills while exploring science and safety with this Broken Bones STEAM. Dramatic play STEAM activities are perfect for your preschool-aged learners. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it!

collage of Broken Bones STEAM images with text: Broken Bones Investigation STEAM for KidsThis week, we’re learning about Caring and today’s Broken Bones STEAM activity was absolutely perfect for baby girl who loves helping people. Every time I ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, she says a doctor.

child using twigs and craft sticks to make splintThis post may contain affiliate links which means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if an item is purchased through one of these links.  For more information, please see my full disclosures.

twigs splinted using ribbon and craft sticksA huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

twigs on craft stick to make splintOur discussion question for today was, “Who takes care of you?” We each designed a Get Well Card, took care of stuffed animals, and investigated making splints to heal broken bones.

three sets of twigs splinted using craft sticks and ribbonThis was another great topic for getting out our light panel and x-rays. if you missed it, we did a fun X-Ray Process Art activity last year during our All About Me preschool theme that would be perfect with today’s Broken Bones STEAM.

child wrapping ribbon around twigs to make splintDon’t forget to set up your doctor dramatic play center this week! You could even make special doctor name tags for each of your kiddos.

child splinting pretend broken bones using twigs, craft sticks, and ribbonBroken Bones STEAM

Set Up

Break tree sticks into two pieces. Encourage children to put them back together like a puzzle then wrap them with gauze or fabric. Use the craft sticks as splints, if desired. Leave stuffed animals in the “orthopedic clinic” and pretend to care for animals with injured arms and legs.

child exploring twigs, craft sticks, and ribbon on table during Caring STEAM for Kids activityBig Questions

  • Why do you think a splint is necessary to help heal broken bones?
  • Where are the smallest bones in our body? Where are the largest?

child pretending to splint broken bones using twigs, craft sticks, and ribbonToday’s Broken Bones STEAM activity was a wonderful way to practice important fine motor skills. After all, wrapping the splinted broken bones was definitely kind of tricky.

child wrapping ribbon around twigOf course, we can’t forget about problem-solving skills, engagement, attention, and persistence. These are all important skills for preschool-aged children. This hands-on STEAM activity is also perfect for exploring the roles of community helpers with your little learners.

pretend splint made using ribbon wrapped about craft stick and twigDon’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Friends & Feelings theme from Experience Preschool!

collage of Broken Bones STEAM images with text: Broken Bones Investigation for Preschoolers

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