Read in 1 min Bible Activities and Sermons » Activity Type » Kids' sermon/message » Object Lesson Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Thanksgiving Object Lesson: 5 Kernels + The Meaning of Thanksgiving Published: October 6, 2020 This object lesson, 5 Kernels: The Meaning of Thanksgiving, is a fun-filled sweet addition for your Thanksgiving Sunday school lessons to teach kids the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Disclaimer: No turkeys were harmed in the making of this Thanksgiving-themed 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. Message Say: 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. Say: 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. Say: This candy corn reminds us of the meaning of Thanksgiving also. Hold up each kernel as you read the following. Say: 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. Say: Let’s pray. God, thank you for providing for all our needs and for loving us. We love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Need even more ideas for Thanksgiving to use in your children’s ministry? Check out all the great ideas we have for you and your ministry! And for even more ideas and daily posts of inspiration, follow us on Facebook! © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!