vibhandaka wrote:"Whilst carving with kids tonight 15 oogie boogie 2's in around 30 minutes "
You must have the patience of a saint!
No the wife helped (so she covered helping one child)
& there were 3 leaders there who each took on a child..
so I was able to divide my time as we were operating on a flow of 4 kins & kids, which meant I could help those struggling & whip through those who'd already started with a leader whilst they then started to poke the eyes of the next one (kin, not kid)
So I was able to cover around 8 childrens kins & move onto the next one "struggling" offering chat & support, illuminating the cut as we went with my new & headstrapless Petzl zipka+2 so there was more incentive for them to "follow the blue line"... stencil
followed by what I called the mad dash (fast cut) along the dotted line (the outer circle of Oogie Boogie2 where they could really gun their carve, & have the satisfaction of poking out as one piece to reveal.
we then lit them up at the end before they had a spookily made pumpkin cupcake & went off home.
sadly I only heard 2 children say thankyou for their cupcake...
(these things matter to me) & the only a few parents bothering to say thanks, although a few were clearly pleased.
All went home with another oogie boogie ZP stencil , to either show at school what they'd cut out & hopefully to get them revved up as to doing a decent carve at halloween.
The kids were very chuffed with their assisted achievements, that was clear.
It does make me realize how far advanced my own daughter is in many respects of pumpkin familiarity, politeness, ability to hold a conversation with adults.
I'm kind of glad she's an only child as we've been able to teach her one hell of a lot without having too much of our own time (ha) & patience shredded.
(as per the last episode of malcolm in the middle) ..now go & be president & look after people like us!