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Binky’s Pumpkin Tips

By Liz Nankivell

It is great to get children involved in making things with you and the more mess, the more fun they have!  Carving pumpkins has to be one of the messiest tasks there is but don’t let that put you off.

Depending on how old your children are, more or less careful preparation beforehand will make it all manageable and I don’t think children really notice that they did not do everything but they do feel very proud of what they have produced with your help.

There are not many teddy bears capable of carving a pumpkin, so it is with some pride that we can actually print Binky’s Pumpkin Tips…

Step 1:

Lay down loads of newspaper, then slice off the top of the pumpkin and put to one side.

Step 2:

Gouge out the insides using an ice-cream scoop and your hands – be prepared to get in up to your elbows –give everyone a go – this gets nice and messy.

Step 3:

Make a stencil of eyes, nose and mouth and pin onto the pumpkin with a cocktail stick, draw around with a marker pen, then cut round using a serrated knife.  Make sure you cut away from you.

Step 4:

Place a night-light inside and pop the top back on.

    weeny bat