Pumpkin carving is a fun family-friendly activity to do during the Halloween season. There are so many templates for pumpkin carving you can find online, or you can just freehand carve pumpkins. No matter how you plan to do some pumpkin carving with the family, it’s important to practice some kid-friendly pumpkin carving. Today I’m sharing some kid-friendly pumpkin carving tips and tricks to help make this time together with your family a fun and safe experience.
Pick the Perfect Pumpkin
Pumpkin carving works best when you pick the perfect pumpkin. Avoid a pumpkin that feels heavy for its size, as this could create difficulties cutting through the thicker wall of a heavy pumpkin. Inspect each pumpkin for soft spots, bumps, and size. You’ll want to have a pumpkin that doesn’t have soft spots and is smoother in texture to allow pumpkin carving time to be easier. Here’s a pumpkin carving kit I suggest.
Get a Pumpkin Carving Kit
While you can use just regular knives from your kitchen, there are many pumpkin carving kits for sale at various retailers that will help make carving pumpkins a bit safer. When carving your pumpkin be sure to use slow, steady motions and don’t rush. In order to avoid hand injuries during pumpkin carving, do not allow children to use the carving knife without adult supervision. Use your pumpkin carving kit in a well-lit room with a flat service to avoid any mishaps with the knife.
Select Easier Designs
Being an overachiever may make it difficult to choose a simple design when carving pumpkins with the family, but I highly advise you select easier designs. The less work you have to do with carving pumpkins for each family member, the quicker you can get the perfect carved pumpkin design completed. If you have younger children, they’ll be happy with a simple Jack-O-Lantern template, but there are many easy designs online to choose from and print to have a unique pumpkin design.
Clean Up Duty
Be sure to clean up the pumpkin carving mess as quickly as possible. You’ll want to ensure that the carving kit has been taken care of and put up out of the reach of younger children. In addition to cleaning up the pumpkin carving mess quickly, you could use the seeds and roast them in your oven for a special after pumpkin carving treat. Have your kids help with clean up, this will help your kids feel as if they’re part of the process even if they couldn’t use a knife to carve a pumpkin.
Now that I’ve shared some kid-friendly pumpkin carving tips and tricks you should be prepared to gather up the family to enjoy this fun family bonding activity. These days most families opt to use a battery operated LED candle rather than a regular tea light candle to reduce fire risk. You can easily purchase some battery operated LED candles online and they last a long time. Pumpkin carving is an excellent way to enjoy this fall season together as a family while creating the perfect front porch decor for Halloween.