With fall on its way you may already have your mind on pumpkins. There is no doubt your kids do too, as they are anticipating all of the pumpkin carving that may be coming their way. Pumpkin carving is a wonderful tradition, and one that kids love to participate in. It is still however important to remember safety during this fun time so kids can avoid injury. Take a look below at 7 pumpkin carving safety tips for kids so you can be sure your children enjoy a safe and injury free holiday.
1. Use a clear surface.
Begin by clearing off your entire work space so there is plenty of room to work. Clearing away clutter can help you keep a better eye on the carving as well as help you have better control over your pumpkin.
2. Space children appropriately.
Be sure there are several feet in between each child while carving. This way if a knife or other tool should slip, it won’t go into the child next to it. A good rule of thumb is to keep each child an arm’s length away for each other.
3. Use a non-slip surface.
Place newspaper or gripped drawer liners to place your pumpkins on. This way even if the juices from the pumpkin get on the surface it won’t be slippery. This helps the child keep control of the pumpkin and help them avoid injury.
4. Use tools designed for children.
Let children use only those tools that have been designed for their use. These usually have nice grips on them, are a tad dull, and are made for their small hands. You can find them at most retailers during the season and they are marked for age appropriateness.
5. Let them plan, you cut.
Let children draw the face on the pumpkin and you use the knife to cut the outline out. This a great way to get them involved in the process without having them do the actual cutting. They can also enjoy removing the seeds and insides.
6. Use battery operated votives.
Use battery operated votives in place of candles so that children can turn them on themselves. You can also avoid the risk of burns and fire this way since battery votives use no real flame.
7. If in doubt, paint.
If you still aren’t sure the kids can handle carving, try an alternative instead. You can always paint pumpkins or use stickers and other fun add ons.
When carving your pumpkins this year, keep these tips in mind and enjoy a Halloween season that is safe for the whole family.