Pumpkin carving is not exactly the most entertaining thing for a 3.5 year old. There really isn't a whole lot for the child to do to help in the process. Sure, he can help plan the jack-o-lantern face, take out the pulp and seeds, and, well, watch the Carver. That's about it.
Don't get me wrong, when we did our first family pumpkin carving tonight, we all enjoyed the process, it just wasn't very entertaining!! Devin ate his dinner while Erick was doing the hardest part of the cutting, which was probably best (less he bug Daddy) and he just watched while he ate his American Chop Suey and garlic toast. I was multi-tasking: cooking dinner and cleaning the seeds/cooking the pumpkin seeds.
Here is the pumpkin carving process in pictures:I must say that Devin was very excited with the final result and can not wait until Halloween night, when we promised him we would put a candle in the jack-o-lantern. Honestly, I am kind of excited for that too!!