how to teach decay and growth with Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater Lyrics

How to Teach Decay and Growth with Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater Lyrics

Decay and Growth

Understanding the process of decay and how it leads to new growth is an important science concept that young children need to learn. Watching a pumpkin decay is a common way for them to discover this process. Carving a pumpkin and then placing it on your porch will lead to discoveries of how it molds and decays. We often throw it away, however, instead of allowing it to become compost. This year, take a pumpkin (carved or not) to a place in your yard or garden where your child or students can watch the decaying process. Create a notebook to record what you see, smell, and feel as you observe what happens to the pumpkin over time.

a rotting pumpkin is a great way to observe decay and growth. Peter-Peter Learns About Decay and growth is a useful resource to help.

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater Lyrics

Who loves pumpkins more than Peter Peter? If you are familiar with the old nursery rhyme of Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, you know that Peter puts his wife in a pumpkin shell. The original lyrics of the Mother Goose Rhyme go like this:

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, had a wife and couldn’t keep her.

He put her in a pumpkin shell and there he kept her very well.

-Mother Goose

Using this traditional rhyme and idea, Dawn Stephens Books has created a book that illustrates the decay and growth process of a pumpkin. In the tale, Peter Peter and his wife are squirrels. Peter loves eating pumpkins so much, that he wants his wife to live inside one. However, she cannot stay in the pumpkin because it decays. The lyrics to Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater in this version explain what happens to the pumpkin in the process.

lyrics to Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater that teach about decay and growth
Lyrics to Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater teach children about the decay and growth of a pumpkin.

Pumpkin Decay and Growth

The pumpkin decay makes great compost and can fertilize the growth of a new pumpkin.

Lastly, Peter and his wife discover that the rotten pumpkin is valuable after all. A vine, then a flower, and eventually a new pumpkin grows.

pumpkin decay is a part of the cycle of a pumpkin
In Peter-Peter Learns About Decay and Growth, Peter and his wife discover that decay is a part of the process.

Pumpkin Life Cycle Worksheet

To get you started with learning about the decay and growth of a pumpkin, Peter and his wife have some FREE Activities. Fill out the form below and we will send you a Pumpkin Life Cycle Worksheet, a Vocabulary Worksheet, and a Journal page to document the decomposition of a pumpkin.

Subscribe for your FREE pumpkin life cycle worksheet and other activities here.

Peter-Peter Learns About Decay and Growth can be purchased on Teachers Pay Teachers or here.

learn about decay and growth with Peter-Peter Pumpkin Eater, a Mother Goose Meets Mother Nature book by Dawn Stephens

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