Last year, our kids were too little to carve pumpkins. But this year is different! Since they are older, we got to make our first pumpkin carving memories!
We decided to carve two pumpkins. With so many little kids, it was actually easier than trying to let them all crowd around one. Since we were using Pumpkin Masters Kits, I looked through them to find some patterns that the kids might like. We ended up with The Owl pattern from the Surface Carving Kit, and The Kitty Cat from the Kids' Carving Kit.
First, Sean and I opened the pumpkins and let the kids scoop the seeds out. Ellie was all about getting those seeds out of the pumpkins. I realized later on that she was sneaking bites while she was at it. Hehe! I've heard about roasting pumpkin seeds, but I don't know how good they would be raw...
Once the kids finished their turns with the pumpkins, Daddy and Mommy finished scooping them out with pumpkin scrapers that came with the kits.
I was actually surprised how well the pumpkin scraper/scooper worked! I'm used to fighting seeds with a spoon, so this was a nice, easy change. As a side note, if you decide to use the Pumpkin Masters Kits, and the directions call for the pumpkin to have the rind scraped down to less than an inch, don't fudge on it. There may have been a third pumpkin that met an early demise when we didn't follow the directions. Lesson learned for next year!
The two pumpkins we did successfully follow directions on turned out really cute! The Kitty Kat was super simple: Tape the pattern to the pumpkin, use a crayon to fill in the holes, remove pattern, use the special non-knife pumpkin carver to follow the pattern, insert eyes, and voila! A Kitty Cat!
Okay, honestly, I wanted to carve The Owl for myself. I love the look of surface carved pumpkins, and really wanted to see how hard it was. Not bad at all! Trace the pattern with the pumpkin tool, remove the pattern, and carve away the rind as marked. With the special tools, it was really easy and fun!
And thank goodness it was easy, because the kids were "helping" us the whole time! They do an awesome job doubling the time it takes to do any project...but hey, that's where the memories are made, right?
And clearly, they loved doing it! How much did they love it? So much that Ellie was giving her Kitty Cat kisses!
And this is how they turned out! What do you think??
Pumpkin Masters Kits can be found in your local grocery, drug, and craft store, along with Target and Walmart. They are super inexpensive (They are about $5 in my area!), and make some very neat family pumpkins! Also, Pumpkin Masters is giving away six prizes, including $5000 for the best pumpkin carving. If you grab a kit, and carve a pumpkin, make sure you share a pic of your carving via Instagram or Twitter with #PumpkinMasters2013, submit via the Facebook app or send via email to: email@example.com by October 31st for your chance to win! Official contest rules can be found here!
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