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Quick & Easy Pumpkins with Kids

The pumpkin farms were bustling this past weekend.  Everyone heading out to get that perfect pumpkin with their little ones.  But, there’s only one more week until Halloween.  For some (like me), that means scrambling to get those orange globes cut, cleaned, and carved!  Instead of facing that mess, here’s an alternative idea.  

Now, of course, everyone loves carving pumpkins… except me.  Well, that’s a lie.  I love designing and carving jack-o-lanterns.  Nevertheless, I decided to do it a little different this year because the days until Halloween are ticking by fast and I have little kids, no energy, and no interest in the typical jack-o-lantern messes.  My two year-old would LOVE to gut a pumpkin and make a huge mess, but my four year-old with sensory issues would want nothing to do with the slimy and stringy insides of this fruit.  (P.S. Yes, I did read somewhere that a pumpkin is a fruit!?!? Seems odd, but then again I remember learning the earth-shattering lesson from Full House that tomatoes are fruits.  Since then I am rarely surprised to hear of veggie/fruit mix ups.)

Back to the point – our family decided we’d decorate our pumpkins instead of carving them.  I came across some fantastic pumpkin stickers at Target in the dollar section.  Apparently you can also get a similar product on Amazon.  We grabbed the stickers and bought some permanent markers of all sorts of colors.

Here’s what our decorating setup looked like:

`The decorating supplies: pumpkins + stickers + markers
`The decorating supplies: pumpkins + stickers + markers

It was a lot of fun, the final product was very cute, and I was thrilled to avoid the carving mess this year.  Best of all, both of my sons are very proud of their final product.

Two-year-old son with pumpkin
Two-year-old son with pumpkin
Four-year-old son decorating his pumpkin
Four-year-old son decorating his pumpkin

Now this little guy was decorated entirely by my 4 year-old.  And without a doubt, it is my favorite!

My 4-year-old son picked and decorated this one all by himself :)
My 4-year-old son picked and decorated this one all by himself 🙂

And they even survived a rainy night.

Easy, neat, and clean pumpkin decorating for kids.
Easy, neat, and clean pumpkin decorating for kids.

These pumpkins look good, and I didn’t have to wash a single knife.  Tell me, what are your tricks for decorating pumpkins?

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