Though they are often used solely as festive fall decorations, pumpkins are also nutritious and versatile vegetables than can be found in many soups, stews and other hearty dishes. When fresh pumpkins are not available or convenient, canned pumpkin can be a great alternative.

Discover MyPlate: Vegetables

Discover MyPlate includes six Emergent Readers featuring kindergarten-level sight words that help children build literacy skills while learning about the five food groups and MyPlate.

Vegetables includes the sight words: I, have (used in Lessons 1 and 3)
A MyPlate Meal includes the sight words: I, she, he, we, has, have

Pumpkin Recipes


Quantity recipes containing pumpkin from the USDA Mixing Bowl.

Pumpkins & More

University of Illinois Extension.

Excellent web site includes information about pumpkin history, selection and use, nutrition information, facts and recipes that include pumpkins. An education section includes activities and lesson plans from various sources. Web site is also available in Spanish.

Pumpkin Fact Sheet (PDF | 430 KB)

Mississippi State University Extension Service.

This fact sheet provides growing information, food safety tips, nutrient information, mealtime ideas, fun facts, and ways to involve children in preparation. From One to Grow On: A Garden-Based Learning Program for Preschoolers.

Events booklet Popular Events Idea Booklet

Team Nutrition MyPlate eBooks  USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition
Team Nutrition Popular Events Idea Booklet  USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition



Pumpkin Clipart Food Clipart


Provides a variety of fruit and vegetable clipart images, for free use. Search for a fruit or vegetable to see all associated images.

Fresh from the World... Where Your Food Comes From: Pumpkins

University of Illinois Extension. Urban Program Resource Network.

Interactive Web site can be used to teach children about the origin of their food. Includes fun activities, games, and lots of educational animations on different food histories.

Can You Eat Your Jack-o-lantern Pumpkin?

University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension. Lancaster County.

Article explains how to prepare and cook a pumpkin either by boiling/steaming, baking or microwaving and how to form and freeze pumpkin puree.

Watch Your Garden Grow - Pumpkin

University of Illinois Extension.

Web fact sheet explains the different varieties of pumpkin, gives selection and storage tips, and provides nutritional value and health benefits. Also includes preparation and serving tips, home preservation guidance and a recipe.