Halloween is almost here, and if you are like many households, you will be pumpkin carving with your kids. Pumpkin carving is a fantastic fall tradition, but at the same time some special caution should be taken. Take a look below at 7 pumpkin carving safety tips for kids that you should know. These pumpkin carving safety tips will ensure you create some gorgeous pumpkins while everyone stays safe at the same time. Take a look!
Prepare your space.
Before you dive into cutting, prepare a space for yourselves. This means a wide and open area free from clutter. Lay paper down on the table or a cloth tablecloth so that the pumpkins do not slip as they are being cut.
Lay down the rules.
Once your space is prepared, go over the pumpkin carving rules with your kids. Explain to them that it’s not a race, and that they should take their time. Show the correct way to hold a carving tool, and specify which parts of the job you will be doing. Let them know your expectations for behaviour and appropriate supply usage.
Use appropriate carving tools.
Find pumpkin carving tools that have been approved for use by children. These are typically plastic and with duller edges. These tools are great for detail work and cleaning out the pumpkin. Leave any heavy pumpkin carving that requires a sharp knife to an adult.
Use paint when possible.
Allow your child to use paint to decorate their pumpkin whenever possible. This helps you avoid the use of sharp tools. You can also have them paint on the face shapes if you wish, and then you can use the knife to cut them out.
Keep first aid nearby.
Be sure to keep any first aid items near should you need them. A simple antiseptic spray and band aids are typically sufficient and can help with any nicks or cuts.
Keep hands dry.
Hands can become wet and slippery when pumpkin carving. Keep towels on hand so you can keep your skin as dry as possible. This will keep tools from slipping as well which can result in injury.
Use battery operated votives.
When the pumpkin carving is done, don’t forget to still be safe when lighting your pumpkin. Use a battery operated votive as opposed to a real one. This will lessen any chances of burns.
Pumpkin carving is fun, and now it can be a safe time as well when you give these pumpkin carving tips a try! Make sure to use them when you carve this Halloween season. For even more fun try having a pumpkin carving party like my friend did last year.