This year we let R(4) carve his pumpkin. This was a huge first! Didn't his turn out cute!?
We had cleaned out our pumpkins the night before for our pumpkin guts sensory bin. Lately R's attention span has been somewhat poor and I was worried about how far he'd get into this project. He has been so full of energy this past week. It's been extra hard for him to sit still. I think the pumpkins being previously cleaned out helped. He started by drawing the face, and he immediately knew exactly which face he'd like his jack-o-lantern to have. He wanted a sleepy face!
Next, I had him poke holes over his design. I thought it would make the cutting easier for him. He did such a good job and followed the lines very carefully.
Then he got to carve! We showed him how to hold his pumpkin and the carving tool while keeping all fingers away from the blade. At first he just sawed back and forth without applying pressure to move the tool along the lines he had made, but he eventually got the hang of it. He tried really hard and was very careful while using the tools. I'm proud of him and how capable he is. I do want to say that he still didn't finish his carving. He did a good bit, but ultimately I finished his design for him. I'm sure next year will be even better.
I also thought I'd share the pumpkins my husband and I carved. I'm somewhat disappointed in mine because I had grand plans, but my attention span was awful and I grew tired of it. I wonder where R gets it?! Haha.
This is Kevin's. It's a design from a book series he loves and is currently reading (again). Extra points to whoever is
dorky cool enough to know which series!
And this is mine. It is suppose to be a haunted house. Does it look like the door is open and the light is streaming out? That's what I was going for. Professional pumpkin carving is obviously not in my future, but R loved it. He said it was spooky!
At what age did your children carve their first pumpkins? Or do you have an estimated age in mind for when they might?