Teach your child the practice of planning and design before you carve your pumpkin.
Your child may be eager to carve pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns long before Halloween. Provide him with this alternative activity to explore the possibilities of his jack-o-lantern design before the big carving day.
Cut out basic shapes of varying size from black construction paper: squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, ovals and more. Place double-stick tape on each piece, and then let him stick the different shapes onto his pumpkin to plan what the jack-o-lantern will eventually look like. He can apply and reposition the different shapes as often as he likes until he creates the perfect image for his pumpkin. For each image that he makes, ask him to name and count the number of shapes he used. Were there four circles, six triangles and one square? Maybe it's a polka-dotted pumpkin with 20 circles!
Your child may come up with more than one favorite, and may want to design a new image every day, even several times a day, before Halloween arrives. Remind him that the design does not have to be a face. Knowing that, the design possibilities are endless! Take digital pictures of his favorites to reference when the day that you will carve arrives.