Pumpkins and Power Tools – My Favorite Way to Carve a Jack-o’-LanternPosted by MeckMom on Oct 30, 2009 in Popular Posts: Holiday | 1 comment
Pumpkin carving isn’t a pretty process. It’s sticky, pulpy, and flat out messy. As a mom, you can try to combat this messiness. You can cover your floors (and children) in plastic, use sharpies instead of cutting tools or even buy those foamy “ever-last” pumpkins from the craft store. In my opinion, carving pumpkins with your kids is kind of like washing your car with your kids – the fun is in the mess. So why fight it? Just set you brain up for a big, goopy experience (take it outside if you can) and enjoy the moment. At our house we embrace the mess and take it one step further by involving some power tools.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to drill a hole or hammer a nail and had my kids beg me for a turn. Unfortunately for them, most home-repair projects aren’t great “practice” opportunities. Pumpkin carving, however, is a perfect time to let my kids loose. Last year, after hollowing out our pumpkins on the deck, I gave them each a turn with their favorite tool – the power drill. I inserted a wide, paddle-style drill bit and set them free to make whatever polka-dot pattern they wanted.
You should have seen the excitement in their eyes! Maybe you can get a feel of it from the picture above. They absolutely loved it! There was no struggle with sharp knives or cheap plastic saws, no worries about following a pattern, just pure fun. We even grabbed a hammer and some fat nails and let them pound some smaller holes in their pumpkins while they waited for their turn with the drill.
Overall, it was a great family fun experience. By the end of the night we four happy kids and a bunch of charmingly-spotted Jack-o’-Lanterns for our front steps. What more could I ask for? Just thought I’d pass it on.