Carving pumpkins can be pretty tricky and a little nerve-wrecking when you have toddlers and preschoolers around. Sharp objects and little hands just don't go well together. That's when the apple corer comes in and saves Halloween for us. This circular kitchen gadget is a safe and fun way for kids to carve pumpkins--with just a little adult help. We had our four-year-old write our last initial on the pumpkin and then he used the apple corer and made holes along the lines. He enjoyed the freedom of using something that could carve a pumpkin, and I enjoyed not having to stress about wounded fingers. It's a win-win in my book!
Gut the pumpkin! (This is some kids' favorite part and others' least favorite part.) We have an awesome scooper that makes the job much easier--you can see it to the left. Drop all the guts in a bowl so you can go through it later and bake pumpkin seeds.
As you twist back and forth, eventually you will put holes in the pumpkin. Keep going until you are finished with your design.