12 Short Moral Stories In English For Kids
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Imagination is an important step in a child’s mental development. A child’s mind is always occupied with yearnings to learn new things about surroundings. Listening to stories encourages your child’s perception, thinking ability, and imagination power. Habits of listening and reading stories inspire their reading habits and listening skills in the future and help to grow eloquence in the future.
Nowadays, children get less opportunity to spend time with elders and to listen to classics and moral stories that build up their character and approach towards society and life. So, to keep the child away from the engulfing influence of online activities of the hour or to save them from boredom and loneliness, the parents might spend some quality times with their children by telling or reading some interesting as well as moral stories to boost up their child’s mental growth and well being.
Our culture is rich with engaging and moral stories to teach the children the importance and necessities of many habits and ideas. We are equipping you with some of the best classic and well-known stories to give your children some quality evenings.
Most Engaging Moral Stories in English for Your Precious Child
Wisdom and present intellect are the keys to achieve success in life. The situations might not always remain within our grip, but by doing the right job at the right time and place, we may save ourselves from problems beforehand. Crow is known to be a clever bird. We will see how he arranges water on a hot summer day.
1. THE CROW AND THE PITCHER
It was an afternoon of a scorching summer day. The ponds and lakes were almost dry. There was not a bit of cloud visible. The sun was burning hot. A thirsty crow was flying over a long deserted field. The crow looked here and there for well or any shelter. But alas! There was no one nearby. At a distance, the crow found an earthen pot under a tree. His heart became filled with joy, and with much hope, he peeped into it. There was a little water at the bottom of the pot. The crow tried to reach the water with its beak but to no avail. His little beaks could not reach the level of the water.
The crow looked here and there with disparity, and suddenly he found some peebles spread over the ground. The crow hatched a plan and started gathering peebles. He took them one by one and filled the pot with them. Slowly the water level rose to the brim of the pot. The crow then quenched his thirst and flew away.
The story of the clever crow teaches us that we should remain calm in adversity and use our wisdom to get over the situation. The story retells the well-known proverb, and Where there is a will, there is a way.
Moral: Wisdom not only helps a man to overcome adverse situations, but it also helps people of his surroundings. In the next story, we will see how a little rabbit defeated a powerful lion with its wit and saved all the animals of the jungle.
2. LOOK INTO THE WELL
Once upon a time, there was a powerful Lion who was the king of the jungle. The Lion was very powerful, and other animals in the jungle were afraid of him. The Lion used to kill little animals to satisfy his hunger. To save themselves, the animals of the jungle prayed to the Lion and requested him to kill and eat one animal per day that will be sent to him as a prayer
. The Lion agreed, and each day an animal was sent to him as his food. Thus little rabbits to dear and birds, all were sent to the Lion to satisfy his hunger. As time passed by, the number of animals in the jungle started decreasing, and the animals were spending days in fear and waiting for their turn.
One day, a rabbit was sent to the Lion. But the rabbit did not reach the Lion at expected hours, and the Lion became restless in hunger. When the rabbit reached, the angry Lion asked it, “Why are you so late? Do you know about the dire consequences of making me wait for so long?” The little rabbit sat on the ground with folded hands and told the Lion, “Please forgive me, my Lord. I started at the right time with 4 of my companions. But a Lion more powerful than you stopped us in the way and ate four of them. I managed to flee and come to your service.”
The proud and powerful Lion could not tolerate a second one in the same jungle who was as powerful as him and was eating away his share of food. The Lion became blind in anger and ordered the rabbit, “Take me to the Lion. I will teach him lessons. I am the only king of this jungle, and all the animals should come to my service.” The rabbit smiled and took the Lion to a nearby well. The Lion started grunting loud and called the second Lion for a battle. The clever rabbit told the Lion, “My lord, the Lion is inside the well, and he will not come out unless you kill him inside the well.” The foolish Lion jumped inside the well to kill his opponent and drowned in the well. Thus the witty rabbit saved his jungle from the greedy and cruel Lion.
Thus we may see that wisdom is the only way to fight against the arm power, and if you are wise, you can overcome hurdles more easily and with more precision. Clever thinking can sometimes help us to overcome tough situations. Our success in life sometimes depends on how we handle a situation that is out of our way.
The moral of the story is, Wit is Might.
The next story is about a cap-seller and how he managed to get back his caps from the naughty and mischievous monkeys.
3. MONKEY AND THE CAPS
On an afternoon of a summer day, a cap-seller was selling caps in a village. He became tired and sat for some rest under a big tree. The tree was the abode of many monkeys, and when the cap-seller fell asleep, one of the naughty monkeys opened his bag and found colorful caps. They thought the caps to be playthings and took them on the high branches.
In the evening, when the seller rose, he found his bag almost empty. He was very disappointed and started to search for the caps. He suddenly found some monkeys playing with caps on the branches. As the cap-seller started yielding at them, the yield back to him, and this made the man angrier. He started throwing pebbles while the monkeys threw fruits from the trees. The cap-seller was astonished, and he made a plan. He started wearing a cap and threw it on the ground. The monkeys started imitating him, and soon, all the caps were thrown on the ground. The seller collected all the caps and went back home smiling.
Moral: This story shows us that wisdom is a mightier weapon than others. One should always keep his head cool and think to overcome the situation.
We should always help the old and helpless persons. But sometimes cunning people take advantage of their weakness and cheat them. The next story is about an old lady and a deceiving physician.
4. TIT FOR TAT
One day, an old woman went to the doctor and requested him for her treatment. The old lady lived alone in her house. She was rich, but she lost her eye-sight due to old age. The physician agreed to treat her and asked for rewards after the completion of her treatment. The old lady agreed and said that he would not get anything if the treatment was not successful. The doctor agreed and started her treatment in her home.
As days went by, the doctor became tempted to see the well-furnished house of the old lady and started stealing precious materials from her house. Soon the house became empty, and the old woman was unaware of all. Fortunately, she got back her eye-sight and understood the treasons of the Doctor. When the doctor demanded his reward and fees for her treatment, the old lady denied to give him any money. The doctor complained to the king. As the king’s personnel took her in front of the king, the lady said to the king, “My Lord, I promised to give him money only if I can see like before. But now I cannot see any vessels or furniture in my house. How can he say that I have recovered completely?” The king understood everything and ordered his attendants to free the old lady and send the physician to the prison.
The cunning doctor took the opportunity of the helplessness of the old lady. But the lady taught him a lesson with her wit. The story proves the well-known proverb, “As you sow, So you reap.”
Moral: Intelligence and alertness always make man extraordinary. We should always remain cautious about dangers, and if it comes, we should fight the situation with intelligence and proficiency. Now we will hear a story about a greedy fox and a cleaver cock.
5. THE FOX AND THE COCK
Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful rooster named Chanticleer with a host of hens and other animals in a yard. Chanticleer was excellent both in his appearance and his punctuality of crowing at dawn. He had a host of hen-wives, and a hen, named Partelote was his favorite one.
One night, Chanticleer had a terrible nightmare that he was taken away by an animal from his yard. Though Partelote tried to pacify him with her knowledge and common senses, the wildest nightmare turns into reality very soon. One day, when the rooster was taking a rest on a tree, a cleaver and greedy Fox came to Chanticleer. He flattered Chanticleer by praising his beautiful voice. Chanticleer fell into the trap and started boosting his quality. As soon as he closed his eyes and started singing, the mischievous Fox took him by his neck and flew away.
The other animals in the yard saw the fox and chased the fox with loud cries. As Chanticleer understood his situation, he came up with a counter plan. He suggested the fox chase his pursuers. As soon as the Fox opened his mouth to do so, Chantecleer flew away. The fox tried to catch him with further flatteries but in vain. Chanticleer learned the lesson and caught the fox’s dangerous trap to catch and kill him. The rooster returned to his yard and his hen-lives and started living happily.
Moral: We should never fall prey to flattery as many mischievous people can allure us with flattery, and then we may be subjected to dangers.
We all have friends, and we must help our friends with their needs. We should not leave them alone in their difficulties. But sometimes over talkativeness leads to many problems. Now we will hear a story about three friends, two swans, and a tortoise and how the help of friends went in vain for the talkative nature of a tortoise.
6. THE FLYING TORTOISE
Once upon a time, there lived two swans and a tortoise in a lake. They were great friends and used to help one another when they needed them. In a year of constant drought and lack of rain, they started planning to go to another lake for survival. As a friend must save one another, the swans started thinking about the tortoise who could not fly without losing hope in such a situation. They hatched a plan and told the tortoise, “Dear friend, we have planned to go to a nearby lake as you know that this lake is going to get dry within someday. We don’t want you to die here without water and food and have made a plan to rescue you from here. We will fly with a stick in our beaks, and you will hold it tight with your teeth throughout the journey. But be aware of talking during our flight as it may cost you your life”.
The tortoise agreed, and they started their flight to a nearby lake. On the way, a group of schoolboys started laughing and making noise to the flying tortoise. Unable to control his tongue, the tortoise asked the swans, “What is the sound about?”. He could not complete his sentence as he fell on a rock and died.
Thus lack of wisdom and talkativeness of the tortoise caused his death. The moral of the story is over talking may lead to downfall, so we might be cautious before speaking something to somebody.
Moral: Life is a constant battle through winning and defeat. Perseverance is the only medium to remain in the battleground called life. Now we will hear a story about a famous king and how he survived his defeat with the lessons from a spider.
Robert the Bruce was the legendary and celebrated king of Scotland. He fought a vicious battle against the strong force of the English army. But luck was not with him as he was facing repeated defeats in the course of the battle. The incessant defeat took on his mental strength, and he decided to take shelter in a cave to camouflage from the enemies.
As the night came, the cave became dark, and he started a fire by friction of stones. The king was tired and was anxious about the freedom of his nation. The constant defeat took away his mental strength, and the tiresome battle made him tired. Suddenly he found a little spider struggling on the greasy and wet walls of the cave. The spider was trying to weave its net again and again. But the wall was not suitable for weaving its net, and it felt multiple times. But the spider did not give up his endeavor. After falling several times, the spider finally succeeded in weaving its net on the wall.
The famed king of Scots realized that he should not lose his mental strength and should fight till the end without losing his spirit. He took a lesson from the spider. He realized that he should not lose hope and spirit under the pressure of initial defeat before the English Army. As a good king and warrior, he should fight the battle till the end against the English army. This time Bruce and his army won the battle against the English force and Scotland got its freedom.
The moral of the story is that we should not lose hope and spirit before adverse situations. We might fight till the end with the best of our endeavors. Then finally we will be the winners. As the proverb goes by, Perseverance is the mother of success.
Greed always takes away whatever we have. A greedy person can neither become happy nor can acquire someone’s belief. Now we will hear a story about a hen that laid golden eggs.
8. THE GOLDEN EGGS
In a village, a man lived with his family. They were well off and had a beautiful hen that laid an egg daily. Those were golden eggs and the man used to sell them at the market and get money from them. But the man was greedy and could not be satisfied with only one egg a day. He thought that if he could kill the hen and open its belly, he will get all the eggs at a time and he will be rich at a time. He wanted to become rich like the king and one day, he and his wife decided to kill the hen and cut its belly to get all the eggs at a time.
On the next day, he and his wife rose early and killed the hen and cut open its belly. But to their astonishment, there was not a single golden egg. He could find only blood all around and the hen was gone forever. Now he could not get even a single egg. He started regretting his deeds but to no avail. It was already too late. He lost the boon of golden egg-laying hen due to his overwhelming greed. He became poor within one day and left the village with his family.
Greedy people can never become happy as they want all and they lose everything they have. So we should follow the proverb that a Greedy man is forever poor. All the abundance of the world can not make him happy and content.
Every individual has his own pace and method. We should not boast about our qualities or mean someone for their shortcomings. Sometimes overconfidence leads to downfall and we should avoid pride and remain grounded as truly talented people never boost their qualities before the weaker ones. Never make others feel inferior for their shortcomings. Now we will see a hare and tortoise in a race.
9. THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE
One day a hare challenged a slow tortoise for a race. The tortoise started with much speed and finished half of the race within a few minutes. The tortoise was old and he was moving slowly with his heavy shell on the back. When the hare looked behind, he saw the rabbit was far behind him and smiled in satisfaction. He felt that the tortoise could never reach him in time. The hare was tired and decided to rest under the tree for some time and start the race again. The slow tortoise continued his race and went forward slowly.
The tortoise moved very slowly with his heavy shell and did not stop despite the tiresome journey. When the hare rose, he found the tortoise was very close to the finishing line. The hare could not believe his eyes that a slow tortoise could win the match. He tried his best to reach the line. He leaped and jumped for pace and threw his light furred body towards the line. But alas! It was too late. The tortoise’s continuous try bore fruit and he won the match.
The story teaches us that overconfidence and demeaning others may bring about downfall even when he is more capable in the beginning. So we should identify our strengths and should learn from failures. As the proverb says, “Slow but steady wins the race”.
Moral: Freedom is one of the fundamentals of living a happy life. No one can remain happy, compromising on freedom. All the riches and comfort of the world can not be a substitute for freedom. The next story is about a dog and a wolf.
10. THE DOG AND THE WOLF
In a jungle, there lived a Wolf. The wolf could not get enough food for him as the people from the nearby village used to chase him and he seldom got a chance to catch their hens or pets. One night, when the Wolf was roaming about in the village in search of food, he met a well-fed Dog. The bony and starved wolf was impressed to see the strong and plump dog. He forgot to kill him and out of interest, and the Wolf asked the Dog, “How do you manage to keep yourself well-fed in the village as I seldom get chances to have any food from the villagers”. The Dog smiled and replied, “you too can enjoy such a relaxed life with ample food and care. I just watch the house of my lord at night and get a whole day of rest and food from them. You too can join me.” The Wolf was very happy to hear about the chicken bones, cakes, excess foods and caresses that he used to enjoy from the Dog and decided to follow him.
Suddenly, the Wolf found a black spot on the Dog’s neck. The Wolf asked the Dog about the reason for that mark. At first, the dog avoided his question, telling it to be just a trifle. At last, the Dog replied, “It was the mark of the collar with which my master fastened me in the day time.” The wolf was astonished to hear that the Dog could not move according to his wish and decided to return. As the Dog asked him the reason for his return, the Wolf answered, “Dear, it is better to live a starved life in the woods than to remain fastened with food and comfort”.
The story gives us the lesson that freedom is more valuable than the ease and comfort of life. The proverb says Lean freedom is better than fat slavery.
All of us wish for a more comfortable and easy life. The next story is adapted from Tagore’s writings and the story is about a father and his son and their interchanging of the role.
11. WISH COME TRUE
Subal and Sushil both were unhappy in their place. Subal, the father, unlike the meaning of his name, was weak and old, while his son Sushil was just the opposite of his name in his characteristics. He was a naughty boy and used to do everything to disturb his neighbors, to irritate his teachers and his father Subal was frustrated with his son. Sushil used to make new excuses like abdominal pains to avoid punishments from his teachers and one day, infuriated Subal locked his son into his home to punish him for his behavior and misdemeanor.
At nightfall, Subal and Sushil started repenting for their condition. Subal wished that he could get back to his childhood days and start studying again, while Sushil prayed that he could move independently like his father and do whatever he wanted. The Goddess of Desires heard their prayers and granted their wishes.
The next morning, Subal found himself in large clothes while Sushil, now old and grey-haired, tried to cling to his old routine. When Subal tried to climb on the tree, he fell and the passer-by started laughing at him. Sushil, who thought that his old age would provide him with more freedom, realized that from then on, he could not drink coffee as it contains much sugar and is harmful to his health. He even can not play with his friends as he can not play like before because of his old bones.
On the other side, Subal was discontented with the old diet of an old man to which Sushil, now authoritative like his father, made him cling too. Both of them were unhappy with their current situation. On that night, Subal and Sushil both pray to the Goddess of Desire to take back her boon so that they can get back to their regular life. Goddess granted their request and on the next day, they returned to their daily routine.
The story gives us a moral lesson that we should be content and satisfied with whatever we have in our life. Nature is the greatest teacher in our life. It teaches us many lessons that we can not learn from the outside. We experience six different seasons over the year. All have their distinct features. Some have their own stories like Winter and Spring.
12. THE TALE OF WINTER AND SPRING
In Greek Mythology, Persephone is the daughter of the goddess of fruits, plants and agriculture. One day, the princess was roaming about in the garden with her dazzling gown and golden hair. Suddenly, Hades, God of the underworld and death, came into the garden and abducted her. As the evening came and her mother, Demeter, could not find her, she left all the harvest and went away to find her daughter. As a result, a mass famine broke out all over the world.
During the routine visit to the underworld, Apollo, the God of Sun and truth, saw Persephone and the messenger from God rescued her. However, during Persephone’s stay in the dark underworld, she was tricked into eating six pomegranate seeds that make her six months of stay in the underworld mandatory for her, far from her mother. When Persephone comes to her mother, the world we live in becomes happy again. Demeter fills nature with fruits and flowers to welcome her dear child, and thus the Spring and Summer come. But after six months, when her daughter goes back to Hades, Winter and fall come. Loving mother Demeter starts waiting for the next six months as we wait for springs and summer to come.
Every child is dear to his/her mother, precious to their parents. When they go far from them, their world becomes dark.
To Wrap up short stories for kids:
Story-telling is a much older practice than we think it to be. Stories have kept children glued to the elders for a long time. It is easier to teach your child many lessons about his life by telling him short moral stories along with sharing your views with the child. Nowadays, children get little space for playing or mingling with children of their age. It makes them aloof from the company of good people. They miss many important lessons about their lives that they may have acquired from their surroundings.
So the parents must spend much time with the children and tell them some engaging stories that not only enrich them morally but makes the bond of the child and parents much stronger. Reading aloud stories in front of the children keeps them occupied and away from the media gadgets. Little children like to read from colorful storybooks and it increases their concentration on a thing. We have selected some of the best moral stories from classics, legends, and writings of famous writers that will be a treat to your little children. So, sit with your children and give them quality times in their precious childhood.