A Kernel of Corn Recitation/Program
A Kernel of Corn Recitation
A Thanksgiving Recitation for Children
Costumes: Kids wear Native Indians and Pilgrim Boy and Girls hats.
Directions: Each will carry a kernel of corn or ear of corn in the shuck. They will speak their part and add the kernel of corn to the basket on a table in the center of the platform and return to their place.
Props: Large Basket with a colorful ribbon on it. Table to place the basket on. Microphone for children’s voices. Hats for them to wear.
Characters: 8 Kids for speaking parts. Can use more if needed. One adult or youth for the reader. You can also give the reader part to a female and male to alternate and read.
Reader: Thanksgiving tradition began in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln. This religious holiday is one great celebration on the last Thursday in the month of November. This custom is spread all across our country with many homes coming together with their families all around the table in thankfulness.
Kernel 1 – We thank God for Thanksgiving. (Place corn in basket)
All Kids Repeat – We thank God for Thanksgiving.
Reader: The Pilgrims came to America seeking freedom to worship God. When they landed here in the new world, there was no one to greet them or make them feel welcome. It was bare, cold, and rocky.
Kernel 2 - We thank God for family and friends. (Place corn in basket)
All Kids Repeat – We thank God for family and friends.
Reader: During the first winter, it was very hard on the Pilgrims. They were hungry, and many got sick and died. They needed someone to help them.
Kernel 3 – We thank God for doctors and nurses. (Place corn in basket)
All Kids Repeat – We thank God for doctors and nurses.
Reader: The Pilgrims were not making good decisions on how to work together, so Bradford decided to give them each a piece of land to manage and work to see what would happen. Good things happened! The Pilgrims had great success with the land and had more food than they could eat.
Kernel 4 - We thank God for our food! (Place corn in basket)
All Kids Repeat – We thank God for our food!
Reader: God helped them to be so successful that they set up markets to trade their food items with the Indians. They made enough money to pay off all their debts. All their prosperous business brought more and more trade into the territory.
Kernel 5 – Thank you, God, for the jobs you gave to our families. (Place corn in basket)
All Kids Repeat - Thank you, God, for the jobs you gave to our families.
Reader: God prospered the Pilgrim because they trusted in Him. They obeyed His laws and served Him faithfully. God has given each one of us a special gift. This gift is His Son, Jesus Christ.
Kernel 6 – Thank you, God for your Son, Jesus Christ. (Place corn in basket)
All Kids Repeat - Thank you, God for your Son, Jesus Christ.
Reader: It was in the year of 1621, when the Pilgrims celebrated the First Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Actually, during this First Thanksgiving they did not eat the traditional dinner like we today of turkey and stuffing. They probably ate roast goose, corn and codfish.
Kernel 7 – We are thankful to learn about the First Thanksgiving. (Place corn in basket)
All Kids Repeat – We are thankful to learn about the First Thanksgiving.
Reader: Today, we celebrate this special holiday with our family eating things such as: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, dinner rolls, green beans, coleslaw, salad, cranberry, and pumpkin pie.
Kernel 8 – We are thankful for all foods! (Place corn in basket)
All Kids Repeat – We are thankful for all foods!
Reader: Let us reflect on all the good things that God had given to us. Let us be thankful for all His many blessings. Let us worship and praise Him and have an attitude of gratitude every day.
Kernel 9 – O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. (Place corn in basket)
All Kids Repeat – O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.
Reader: “Let us enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise” Psalm 100:4.
Extra for additional kids: All the remaining kids put in their ear of corn and say one thing they are thankful for, and then return to their place. Use a microphone so they are all heard clearly
All Kids Chant: Great big Indian Chief said “UGH” (Indian children say UGH)
Great big Indian Chief said “UGH”
Pilgrim children holler “Oh” (Pilgrim children say “OH”)
Because the big chief scared them so! (I do not know where this came from, but we did this song as kids in school many years ago)
©Rev. Jeanne McIntosh November 2011. All rights reserved.