Each year I try to be creative with Izzy for the fall and we often make a scarecrow and he has colored (painted) pumpkins that sit out by the front door (usually until it rots, collapses and I have to clean it up but...). This year he has been extremely adamant that he wanted to "carve" a pumpkin, heedless of my warnings that it couldn't be as easy as it looks.
We bought a cheap, little pumpkin carving kit, complete with a book of designs to use on the pumpkin that were much more creative than we could ever hope to be on our own. Isaiah of course picked the most difficult in the book; we negotiated and settled on one of the easiest. We then began the carving of the pumpkin.
Firstly, how disgusting is it to actually get the pumpkin cleaned out? My goal was to save the seeds to roast (yum). This plan quickly met an end. Isaiah was not excited when he had to stick his hand into the pumpking to remove the nastiness. I reminded him he was the one who wanted to carve the pumpkin in the first place. After a zillion hours of cleaning, we moved onto the design. UNBELIEVABLE! We ended up drawing on our own SIMPLE face, carved it out and had a much better time. Three hours later, we have quite a cute pumpkin complete with Isaiah's original design. This is also accompanied by lots of grossness to dispose of and cramped hands.