October is finally here and with it comes trick-or-treating, costumes, and of course, pumpkin carving! Here are fun designs and educational tips for carving pumpkins with your PBS KID.
We used this adorable Curious George stencil.
Now it's time to dig into the guts! Encourage your child to use their five senses to explore the inside of the pumpkin. Ask questions like, "How does it feel?" or "What does it smell like?" to help them practice using their descriptive adjectives.
Make sure to clean the pumpkin out well! We recommend using an ice cream scoop or a large metal spoon.
Next, tape or draw your design onto the pumpkin. Use a dull, pointed object to outline the design. This is a great step for kids!
Now it’s time to “connect the dots!” If your child is too young to use the serrated knife, have them separate the pumpkin seeds to make a delicious and healthy roasted pumpkin seed snack.
Storytelling is another fun activity during Halloween. Keep your kids busy and happy while carving pumpkins by creating a collaborative story.
Have one person make up the first line of a story, such as “It was a dark and stormy night and Johnny had just gone into the kitchen for a snack.” Then the next person adds to the story. If someone takes the story in a completely different direction, let them! The silliness is part of the fun. For more activities like this, check the Family Activity Tip of the Day for new games each day.
When you finish your carving, give the inside one final scoop. Now it’s time to light your creation!
For a fun alternative to candles, use colorful glow sticks or battery operated lights to give your pumpkin a unique glow.
We want to see your fun creations! Post your jack-o'-lanterns to WCVE’s Facebook page and your pumpkin carving could be featured in the credits of our monthly gardening show Virginia Home Grown airing Halloween night Tuesday, October 31 at 8 p.m.
Article, photos, and pumpkin carvings by WCVE digital interns Mary Clay Watt, Stephanie Staples and Kate Prunkl.