Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkin Carving Time!

Today we carved pumpkins.  The children had picked out their pumpkins several weeks ago.  The pumpkins have been decorating our front steps, but today they turned into jack o'lanterns.

We normally carve pumpkins on Halloween, but today I decided to let them do it a day early.  They were surprised. 

The children retrieved their pumpkins and placed them on the kitchen island.  Little Man scoured the utensil drawer for the pumpkin carving paraphernalia.  Egee found the marker to draw the face.  I carved the tops, so they could scoop out the insides.

They worked on gutting the pumpkins.  Scooping out a lot of seeds and pulp.  I helped scrape the sides when they needed.  We found out a pasta spoon makes a great scooper.

After the insides were out, they drew faces on their pumpkins.  A washable marker works great.  Little Man made a tiny face on his pumpkin, so I removed it with a damp paper towel.  He redrew a larger face without messing up his pumpkin.

They then went to work carving out the face.  The little pumpkin carving saws are wonderful.  I don't have to worry about them cutting themselves.
Little Man's jack o'lantern

Egee's jack o'lantern

Thirty minutes later, they had carved jack o'lanterns!