Easy Pumpkin Carving using Mr. Jack-o-Lantern Head
We've been collecting "Mr. Pumpkin Head" Halloween sets for several years. They have provided my children with countless hours of pumpkin "carving" fun without actually having to get out a knife. All you heave to do is poke holes in the pumpkins you're going to use for eyes, nose, mouth, ears, arms and legs/feet. After you poke the holes the little ones can easily mix and match parts. We've been playing with these "pumpkin push-in sets" since my oldest daughter was two and she's now seven. My oldest daughter still likes to play with the Mr. (and Ms.) pumpkin parts once or twice, but it's mostly my three year old that plays with them now. It's become a Halloween tradition getting out the pumpkin parts (just like getting out the annual Christmas tree ornaments).
We start using the pumpkin parts about a week and a half to two weeks before Halloween. Since we don't actually cut up the pumpkin (and there are only a few small holes in the pumpkin after playing) the pumpkins seem to last a LOT longer than traditional jack-o-lanterns. We're able to play with the pumpkins for a few weeks, and then REALLY carve them a day or two before Halloween. It's easy to cover up the holes from the pumpkin push-ins with a traditional jack-o-lantern face (but some pumpkin carving designs don't cover up the feet or arm holes).
We've never done this, but it would be fun to carve a square hole in the back of the Mr. Jack-o-Lantern head, pull out the pumpkin seeds and store all the pumpkin push-in body parts inside (just like a Mr. Potato Head toy). We prefer to preserve the pumpkins so that we can save the pumpkins for a second, separate "knife-carving session" right before Halloween.
Fun, fun no-carving-pumpkin-Halloween fun!!!
You need at least two pumpkin push-in sets to maximize the mix and match experience.
If you have the Frankenstein and witch pumpkin push-ins you can easily mix and match body parts.
Here are some videos that demonstrate the easy pumpkin carving experience the pumpkin push-ins provide. It also shows what a variety of sets are avaliable.