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Toddlers and Pumpkin Carving?

What are some ideas for carving/decorating a pumpkin with your toddler? How do you keep it safe while still involving them (since toddlers can't do the actual carving, of course)?

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Cafe Cynthia

Asked by Cafe Cynthia at 11:06 AM on Oct. 21, 2008 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • Let them scoop out the "guts"....draw on the face that you are going to cut out....set the light inside
    Kimebs

    Answer by Kimebs at 11:11 AM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • We've been thinking of using a sharpee marker and just drawing our pumpking this year!
    babyjakesmama

    Answer by babyjakesmama at 11:23 AM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • At Walmart they have pieces similar to a Mr. Potato Head that you can stick into a pumpkin to make a face.
    MommyJaime

    Answer by MommyJaime at 11:51 AM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • We always let our kids paint on the pumpkins until they were old enough to carve.
    jespeach

    Answer by jespeach at 12:28 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • let them scoop if you HAVE TO cut it. but they love to paint or stick things to it...
    lovinallofthem

    Answer by lovinallofthem at 5:00 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • I would gut it even f yo do plan on just sticking stuff to it. The GUTS are the BEST part! lol
    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 9:31 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • Well I have a 3 year old and a 22 month old- I just picked up some craft paint and I am going to let them paint faces on the pumpkins. I figured this way they could safely participate in decorating and I will be able to still use the pumpkins for cooking and baking as well.
    BabyBeans0506

    Answer by BabyBeans0506 at 3:40 AM on Oct. 22, 2008

  • I let my 3 year old daughter use her Mr. Potato Head pieces to make faces (her dad poked holes where the pieces needed to go), then I gave her markers to draw on it with. She loved it! It was easy, fun and safe!
    ProudAFMamaof2

    Answer by ProudAFMamaof2 at 5:15 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

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