5 Kernels: The Meaning of Thanksgiving, a fun-filled addition for your Thanksgiving-themed Sunday school lessons is a sweet way to teach kids the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
Disclaimer: No turkeys were harmed in the making of this object lesson.
Preparation: For each child, you’ll need five kernels of candy corn in a sandwich bag tied closed with a fall-colored ribbon.
The Message: The first winter the pilgrims spent in America was very cold. Some days, all they had was enough for each person to have only five kernels of corn.
When spring came, the pilgrims planted their corn and it grew so they had a lot of food the next year. From then on at Thanksgiving, the pilgrims each kept five kernels of corn at their plates to remind them of God’s provision.
(Give each child a bag of candy corn.)
This candy corn reminds us of the meaning of Thanksgiving also.
(Hold up each kernel as you read the following.)
The first kernel reminds us that God loves us. The second kernel reminds us that God provides for all our needs. The third kernel reminds us of the friends God has given us — just as the American Indians were friends to the pilgrims. The fourth kernel reminds us of all the people God has given us who love us. And the fifth kernel reminds us that God hears our prayers and answers us.
Let’s pray. God, thank you for providing for all our needs and for loving us. We love you. In Jesus’ name, amen.