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With the right tools, pumpkin carving can be kid-friendly

K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansan...

Pumpkin carving

Pumpkin carving has always been a good way for parents to bond with their children, but in past generations, kids had to wait until they were older to help with the carving part.

Mother helping daughter carve pumpking

"Now there are pumpkin carving tool kits that are designed to make carving easier and safer," said Mike Bradshaw, Kansas State University Research and Extension human wellness and safety specialist.

"The kits come with tiny saws that are a lot safer than knives and are easier to handle. With some guidance, children as young as seven or eight could carve safely with these tools. But, that is ultimately the parents' decision."

Pumpkin carving kits are fairly inexpensive and typically cost from $5 for basic kits to $30 for kits with a battery-powered saw, according to shopping.yahoo.com.

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