Pumpkin carving is a perfect activity for Half Term with the kids. However I say kids, I have founds that all ages love this activity and it can get quite competitive.
Pick you own Pumpkin
First, you need to go and choose your Pumpkin of choice at a local Farm generally they offer a PYO selection, which can be great fun too! You can guarantee that your children will choose the biggest heaviest pumpkin and getting that back home can be quite entertaining in itself.
As well as your Pumpkin you may want to purchase a cheap pumpkin carving set, these can be found in most supermarkets and stores for a few pounds. That way you won’t be entrusting your best sharpest knife to your children and worrying that they may lose a finger.
Go online for design ideas
There are many tutorials online for design ideas or check out Pinterest if your feeling creative. For an absolute beginner then follow the easy step by step guide below. The chosen design on the front of your pumpkin can be whatever you wish. Why not choose a cat, bat, or a scary toothed design, i particularly like the word designs like ” Boo” or “Wicked”. They will look fantastic once you have installed a tea light.
Step by step guide to Pumpkin carving
- Take your chosen Pumpkin and use a knife to cut off the crown. Keep this on one side as you can pop it back on once complete.
- Use a spoon and scoop out the seeds and the fibres and discard. Then remove some of the flesh. ( you may want to save this to use in a recipe)
- With a marker pen outline your chosen design or face. Use a small knife or utensil to cut out the smaller, more tricky areas like the eyes and nose.
- Once you are happy with your carving, then pop a tea light inside and replace the crown.
- Your completed Pumpkin will look perfect on the doorstep or display in the home.
- If you are not feeling confident with the design you can purchase some vinyl transfers to use on the front as an alternative.
Just some points to add, you may want to do this activity in the garden or find a sheet to cover the dining room table and it can get pretty messy. Having wipes and a plastic bag to take away the discard pumpkin pieces will save on cleaning up later.
This is a brilliant Half term activity for all ages so why not give it a go.