Since I am not into messes and Gavin is really into Mr. Potato Head, Keith had the brilliant idea to use these pieces you just stick into your pumpkin instead of carving them. I loved the idea and he was going to keep one pumpkin to carve with Gavin until he realized how quick easy and clean this was :) I'm sure Gavin will want to actually carve one next year when he actually understands it, but for now he loved this! It was pretty cute to watch him put these together and he was so excited to make one for Baby Max and give it to him! Of course he wanted to just plop it down right on him...we're still learning to be careful around Baby Max. He's such a good big brother though, and I loved having kid(s)! to take pictures of! It's so fun to say my kids or my boys! I am loving this!