What is that thing Masaru has?
Don't treat my dog like a thing!
My three favorite things are chicken, fried foods, and rice.
The kanji and the word are exactly the same. That means they share meanings as well.
Since this word is made up of a single kanji, it should use the kun'yomi reading, but you haven't learned it yet. Here's a mnemonic to help you:
What game has the most things in it? Monopoly (もの). You can choose from a bunch of random things to play as, you know? And no one actually knows what those things are. What's a thimble anyway? Just call it a thing.