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Do you remember the stories that you read as a child?moral stories for kids

There was something about them — many were stories with morals!

Would it not be interesting to narrate them to your child?

We have just the list for you to start with!

In this blog, we have a list of 11 moral stories for kids in English and we tell you why stories help your child acquire moral values.

Let us start with what a moral story means. It is simple — a story that offers some life lesson or a message that requires the reader to learn.

Stories with morals impart all-important life lessons to a child, which in turn forms a strong foundation for them to respond to life situations. Eg: Handling disappointment, being kind, etc.

Research shows that young children learn moral reasoning through what they are told. As they grow, they decide the right and wrong.

Thus, narrating or reading moral stories can go a long way to help your child.

And, an add-on:

They aid in their language development!

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So, which story would you start with?

Check out our list of moral stories for kids to get you started!

11 Interesting Short Moral Stories For Kids

Moral stories can needn’t be serious, but they can be funny at the same time help your child learn something.

We have compiled a list of stories that are inspirational, from India, and from around the world.

Inspirational Moral Stories

1) The Potato, The Egg, And The Coffee Beans

A boy named John was upset. His father found him crying.

When his father asked John why he was crying, he said that he had a lot of problems in his life.

His father simply smiled and asked him to get a potato, an egg, and some coffee beans. He placed them in three bowls.

He then asked John to feel their texture and then fill each bowl with water.

John did as he had been told. His father then boiled all three bowls.

Once the bowls had cooled down, John’s father asked him to feel the texture of the different food items again.

John noticed that the potato had become soft and its skin was peeling off easily; the egg had become harder and tougher; the coffee beans had completely changed and filled the bowl of water with aroma and flavour.

Moral of the story

Life will always have problems and pressures, like the boiling water in the story. It’s how you respond and react to these problems that counts the most!

2) Two Frogs With The Same Problem

Moral stories for kidsOnce, a group of frogs was roaming around the forest in search of water. Suddenly, two frogs in the group accidentally fell into a deep pit.

The other frogs worried about their friends in the pit.

Seeing how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that there was no way they could escape the deep pit and that there was no point in trying.

They continued to constantly discourage them as the two frogs tried to jump out of the pit. But keep falling back.

Soon, one of the two frogs started to believe the other frogs — that they’ll never be able to escape the pit and eventually died after giving up.

The other frog keeps trying and eventually jumps so high that he escapes the pit. The other frogs were shocked at this and wondered how he did it.

The difference was that the second frog was deaf and couldn’t hear the discouragement of the group. He simply thought they were cheering him on!

Moral of the story

People’s opinion of you will affect you, only if you believe it to be so. It’s better to believe in yourself.

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3) The Tortoise And The Hare

This popular story is about a hare (an animal belonging to the rabbit family), which is known to move quickly and a tortoise, which is known to move slower.

The story began when the hare who has won many races proposed a race with the tortoise. The hare simply wanted to prove that he was the best and have the satisfaction of beating him.

The tortoise agreed and the race began.

The hare got a head-start but became overconfident towards the end of the race. His ego made him believe that he could win the race even if he rested for a while.

And so, he took a nap right near the finish line.

Meanwhile, the tortoise walked slowly but extremely determined and dedicated. He did not give up for a second and kept persevering despite the odds not being in his favour.

While the hare was asleep, the tortoise crossed the finish line and won the race!

The best part was that the tortoise did not gloat or put the hare down!

Moral of the story

Slow and steady wins the race. When you work hard, stay focused, you can achieve anything, even when it seems impossible.

4) The Milkmaid And Her Pail

There was once a milkmaid named Patty.

She milked her cow and carried the two pails of milk she fetched on a stick and set out to sell the milk at the market.

As she was walking to the market, she began to daydream about what she would do from the money she fo for the milk.

She thought of buying a hen and selling its eggs and she planned on becoming wealthy.

She dreamt of buying a cake, a basket of strawberries, a fancy dress, and even a new house with the money she would make selling the eggs and the milk!

In her excitement, she forgot about the pails she was carrying and began to skip.

Suddenly, she realised that the milk was spilling down and when she checked her pails, they were empty.

Moral of the story

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch! It is important to focus on the process of achieving success and not just success alone.

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5) The Elephant Circus

Once upon a time in a circus, five elephants that performed circus tricks. They were kept tied up with weak rope that they could’ve easily escaped, but did not.

One day, a man visiting the circus asked the ringmaster: “Why haven’t these elephants broken the rope and run away?”

The ringmaster replied: “From when they were young, the elephants were made to believe that they were not strong enough to break the ropes and escape.”

It was because of this belief that they did not even try to break the ropes now.

Moral of the story

Don’t give in to the limitations of society. Believe that you can achieve everything you want to!

6) The Boy Who Cried, Wolf

There was a young boy whose father, a farmer, had asked him to take their herd of sheep grazing every day.Moral stories for kids

One day, the boy was extremely bored as he watched over the sheep and so he cried: “Wolf! Wolf!”

On hearing his cries, the villagers rushed to help him chase the wolf away and safe the sheep.

When they saw the grinning boy and realised he had cried wolf for his amusement, they scolded him and told him to not cry wolf!

The next day, the boy cried out that the wolf was there. The villagers came, scolded him again, and left.

Later that same day, a wolf came and terrorized the sheep.

The boy cried, “Wolf! Wolf! Please help me.”

But, the villagers assumed that he was pulling a silly prank again and did not come to his rescue. The sheep ran away and the boy cried.

Moral of the story

Don’t lie or engage in foolish pranks, for no one will believe a liar even when he is telling the truth!

7) The Golden Touch Of Midas

A long time ago, there lived a king in Greece named Midas.

He was extremely wealthy and had all the gold he could ever need. He also had a daughter whom he loved very much.

One day, Midas saw a Satyr (an angel) who was stuck and was in trouble. Midas helped the Satyr and asked for his wish to be granted in return.

The Satyr agreed and Midas wished for everything he touched to be turned to gold. His wish was granted.

Extremely excited, Midas went home to his wife and daughter touching pebbles, rocks, and plants on the way, which turned into gold.

As his daughter hugged him, she turned into a golden statue.

Having learnt his lesson, Midas begged the Satyr to reverse the spell who granted that everything would go back to their original state.

Moral of the story

Stay content and grateful with what you have. Greed will not get you anywhere.

8) The Three Little Pigs

Once, there lived three little pigs who were sent out into the world by their mother.

Each of the three little pigs decided to build a house of their own.

The first pig barely put in any effort and built a house made of straw.

The second pig put in a little effort and built a house made of sticks.

The third pig put in a lot of hard work and effort to build a house made of brick and stone.

One fine day, a big bad wolf came to attack each of the three little pigs.

He huffed and puffed and blew away the houses of the first two little pigs that were made of straw and sticks.

He then huffed and puffed but could not blow away the house of the third little pig, who sat snuggly in his house.

Soon, the big bad wolf was breath and ran away.

Moral of the story

Hard work always pays off. Always think of the bigger picture and don’t be lazy.

Moral Stories From India

9) The Monkey And The Crocodile

This famous moral story is from the Panchatantra.

There was a monkey that lived on a berry tree on the riverbank. He ate the delicious berries every day.

Once, he saw a crocodile rest under the tree who looked tired and hungry. He gave the crocodile some berries.

The crocodile thanked the monkey. Soon, they became best friends. The monkey gave the crocodile berries every day.

One day, the monkey gave the crocodile extra berries to take home to his wife.

His wife, a wicked crocodile, enjoyed the sweet berries, but then told her husband that she wanted to eat the monkey’s heart as that would be sweeter!

The crocodile was upset at first but decided to give in to his wife’s wishes.

The next day, he told the monkey that his wife invited the monkey home for dinner.

As the crocodile carried the monkey on his back across the river, he told him about his wife’s plan to eat his heart.

The monkey, being smart, told the crocodile that he left his heart on the berry tree and needed to get it.

The crocodile foolishly took him back to the berry tree. On reaching, the monkey climbed onto the tree.

“Who will keep the heart on a tree? You have betrayed my trust. We can never be friends again!” the monkey told his friend.

Sad after losing his friend, the crocodile swims back to his wicked wife.

Moral of the story

Choose your friends and the people you trust wisely. Moreover, never betray the trust of someone who trusts you.

10) The Elephants And The Mice

Yet another moral story from the Panchatantra.

In an earthquake-hit village abandoned by humans, a colony of mice lived. Near the village was a lake, which was used by a herd of elephants.

The elephants would have to cross the village to go to the lake. Thus, one day, as they walked through, they trampled a lot of mice.

The leader of the mice met with the elephants and requested them to take a different route to the lake. He promised them that they favour would be returned in the time of their need.

The elephants laughed. How could such small mice help these large elephants in any way? But then, they agreed to take a different route.

Not-so-long-after, the mice heard that hunters had caught the herd of elephants and were tied in nets.

Immediately, they rush to rescue the elephants. They gnawed through the nets and ropes with their sharp teeth.

The leader of the elephants repeatedly thanked the mice for their help!

Moral of the story

A friend in need is a friend indeed. Make sure you help your friends out whenever they need it. They should always be able to count on you.

11) The Foolish Thief

Once, a wealthy merchant came to King Akbar’s court to seek help from Birbal. He suspected that one of his servants had robbed from him.

On hearing this, Birbal thought of a clever plan and summoned the merchant’s servants.

He gave each servant a stick of the same length. He told them that the thief’s stick would grow two inches by the next day.

The next day, Birbal summoned the servants again. He noticed that a servant’s stick was two inches shorter than the others’.

He knew who the thief was.

The foolish thief had cut the stick shorter by two inches as he thought it would grow two inches. Thus, proving his guilt.

Moral of the story

Truth and justice will always prevail.

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That’s all folks!

We hope your kid liked these short yet interesting stories with morals that we have read growing up!

There are more and more stories with morals.

Drop a comment below with your favourite stories with morals that your child and you enjoy reading. (Psst! It’s not okay if it’s not in our list!)

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    Very Short Stories with Morals in English are the best ways to teach moral education for kids and adults. You can teach short stories with moral values in a very short time.

    In this story page, very short stories in English with moral are given with pictures and PDFs to download. 

    These 10 Lines/5 Lines short stories with moral are best described in the shortest form. Very short stories for kids are given below.

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    Short stories in English with moral values can give you great inspiration. We have a collection of good moral stories that can also be helpful for students from middle/high school.

    Very short stories for kids are great as these stories are available to download in PDF. And these short stories with English in morals are with pictures also.

    Now let us move on to our very short stories in English with moral. You can also download very short stories with morals pdf.

    Very Short Stories with Morals

    1. The Lion and the Rabbit

    Once there was a Lion in the jungle who used to kill 2-3 animals daily for his meal. All animals went to him to tell, that daily one of them will come to him for his meal.

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    So, the Lion agreed and this started going for many days. One day, it was Rabbit’s turn. When he was on his way he saw a well.

    Now he plans to kill the lion and save himself. He went to the lion and told him that, there is another lion who claims to be more powerful than him.

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    Then the lion asks the rabbit to take him to that lion. The rabbit takes him to the well and said he lives here. When the lion looked in the well he saw his own reflection and jumped in the well and dies.

    the lion and the rabbit story

    Moral:Wisdom wins might.

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    2. The Hunter and the Pigeons

    One day a hunter sets a net to catch birds and placed grains and rice over the net. After some time a flock of pigeons comes by and start eating grains and get caught in the net.

    the hunter and the pigeons story

    After some time they started losing hope, then their leader asks them to fly together up in the sky. They did as they were told and carried the net away.

    the pigeons and the hunter story

    The hunter runs after them but they flew away to their friend’s mouse hole. Then the mouse cuts the net and freed the pigeons.

    the wise pigeons and the hunter story

    Moral:Unity is strength.

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    The above two Very Short Stories with Morals are great short moral stories for kids. These very short stories for kids are very inspirational to their pure minds. Good moral stories are the best way to enhance moral values.

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    Short moral stories with pictures and PDF will increase moral values in kids as well as in adults. So we will continue to our next good moral stories. 

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    Below one is the bear and the two friends story with pictures and pdf.

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    3. Two friends and the Bear

    Once there were two friends who were crossing the jungle. After some time they saw a bear coming towards them. 

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    Then, one of the friends quickly climbed the nearby tree and the other one did not know how to climb the tree. So he lays down on the ground holding his breath.

    The bear reaches near him and sniffs him in the ear. After some time bear left the place, thinking the man is dead.

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    Now the other friend climbs down and asked his friend, what did bear said to him in his ear? He replied,” to be safe from the fake friends.”

    Moral:Beware of fake friends.

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    4. The Crow and the Peacock – Who is Happy?

    Once there was a crow who wishes to be colorful and beautiful like other birds. He then went to the parrot and shared his thoughts. 

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    But parrot said peacock is most beautiful bird so talk to him. Then the crow went to the peacock and told him about his looks. 

    Then the peacock replied,” You are the luckiest bird that has been never caged in life and we because of our beauty stay caged, and you are always free.”

    crow and peacock story pictures

    After listening to this, crow realized his mistake and thanked God for making him like this and he flew away happily. 

    Moral:Never compare yourself to others. Be happy with what you have and what you are.

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    In this article, we have provided very short stories with morals. These short stories for kids are the perfect dosage to increase their moral values.

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    10 Lines Short Stories with moral and inspirational messages in them are more powerful than any long speeches. These are the best moral stories for kids.

    Our life is also a story in which we face many ups and downs and at a certain time, we need some moral support in the form of stories, speeches, movies, etc.

    10 line short story with moral are a good concept for kids to get moral in a short time and yes short stories are the best ways and below we have shared very short stories with morals.

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    We bring to you a list of good moral stories in English for kids as well and adults. These short stories with moral values are must read and then implement them in your life.

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    1. The Ant and The Grasshopper Story

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    Once on a bright summer’s sunny day, a Grasshopper was singing then he saw an Ant working hard to collect food, the grasshopper said, “Why do you work so hard in summers? Summers are for fun, relaxation and enjoyment. Come let us sing and enjoy”.

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    But Ant said, “I am collecting food for the winters and I recommend you to do the same.”

    Grasshopper said, “We have got plenty of food at present. Why bother about winter now?”.

    The Ant ignored him and went on its way.

    When the winter came grasshopper had no food to eat.

    He saw that Ant and begged for food, but she said, “When I worked hard, you enjoyed”.

    Then grasshopper learned his lesson the hard way.short 10 lines moral story

    Moral: Work hard so you can get the benefits tomorrow.

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    2. The Boy Who Cried Wolf

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    Once upon a time, there was a boy who had a duty to look after a flock of sheep. The used to lie for his fun.

    One day he started shouting, “Wolf, Wolf, Wolf”, on hearing this villager ran towards him for his help.

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    But when the villagers reached he was laughing on them as there was no wolf.

    He was lying and making a fool out of the villagers. This continued for some days.

    And finally, one day, a wolf really came and shouted again, nobody came and as a result, the boy was killed by the wolf.

    There was no one to blame but him.

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    Moral:Never lie, no matter how bad the situation is.

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    These 10 lines short stories with moral in English with pictures are very time consuming to get instant moral. Moral stories in English with pictures pdf are great for kids to understand fast.

    These short story with pictures and moral are best for kids, students, and adults. These are the best short stories for kids pdf, now let us go to our next story.

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    3. The Ugly Duckling

    the ugly duckling story

    A long time ago, a farmer had a duck, which laid 4 eggs. After a few days, all eggs hatched.

    Three ducklings looked like their mom and the fourth one looked different. It was big and grey.

    All other ducklings started making fun of him, as they started calling him ugly.

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    After some days the sad duckling ran away to a river nearby. There he saw a beautiful white swans.

    After seeing their beauty he wanted to drown in the river. But when he looked at his reflection in the river, he realized he was not an ugly duckling but a beautiful Swan!

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    Moral:You are beautiful just the way you are.

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    These inspirational moral stories for adults, students, and kids make their minds to see them confidently.

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    Let us move to our next “The Hare and the Tortoise Story” with Sequencing pictures.

    4. The Hare And The Tortoise

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    One day a Hare was boasting about how fast he could run. He was laughing on the turtle for being so slow.

    After seeing the overconfidence turtle challenged him to a race. Hare(Rabbit) laughed at turtle’s challenge and he accepted the challenge.

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    As the race started, the hare ran very fast and went far ahead from the turtle and got tired.

    He thought there was plenty of time to relax as the turtle was very far behind. Soon he falls asleep thinking he would win the race easily.

    Meanwhile, turtle(tortoise) continue to walk slowly, until he reaches the finish line. The overslept hare sees the turtle on the other side of the finish line. The turtle had beaten him in the race.

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    Moral:Slow and steady wins the race.

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    Our English story collection consists of classic folktales from all over the world.  Folktales (or folk tales) are short stories that have been shared from generation to generation by word of mouth. They consist of Fairy Tales (or fairytales), Animal tales, Legends, Myths, Riddle stories and more.  Stories here have been collection from all the world, including India, such as the popular collection of animal fables from the Panchatantra. These Panchatantra stories in English are some of the most popular moral stories for kids from the collection of tales. 

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    Short stories for kids are adventurous and interesting ways to teach your children about good morals and right conduct. As kids, they are at their formative years, that is why they need to be educated with good values to make them good fit for society and family.

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    It’s story time!

    Stories are, perhaps, the best way to teach life lessons to children. You can teach them the values and morals without being preachy.

    During the story time at home, come up with some short moral stories for kids to enjoy the story line while also learning a lesson or two.

    MomJunction has compiled such interesting stories with videos, which you may use the next time your child asks for a story.

    Very Short Stories For Children With Morals

    The classics are the best. These are short stories we have heard more than once, and even told more than once. But we like listening to these stories and telling them to our kids and anyone who is willing to listen!

    Classic Moral Stories

    1. The boy who cried wolf

    Once upon a time, there lived a shepherd boy who was bored watching his flock of sheep on the hill. To amuse himself, he shouted, “Wolf! Wolf! The sheep are being chased by the wolf!” The villagers came running to help the boy and save the sheep. They found nothing and the boy just laughed looking at their angry faces.


    “Don’t cry ‘wolf’ when there’s no wolf boy!”, they said angrily and left. The boy just laughed at them.

    After a while, he got bored and cried ‘wolf!’ again, fooling the villagers a second time. The angry villagers warned the boy a second time and left. The boy continued watching the flock. After a while, he saw a real wolf and cried loudly, “Wolf! Please help! The wolf is chasing the sheep. Help!”

    But this time, no one turned up to help. By evening, when the boy didn’t return home, the villagers wondered what happened to him and went up the hill. The boy sat on the hill weeping. “Why didn’t you come when I called out that there was a wolf?” he asked angrily. “The flock is scattered now”, he said.

    An old villager approached him and said, “People won’t believe liars even when they tell the truth. We’ll look for your sheep tomorrow morning. Let’s go home now”.


    Lying breaks trust. Nobody trusts a liar, even when he is telling the truth.

    2. The Midas touch

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    In ancient Greek, there was a king named Midas. He had a lot of gold and everything he needed. He also had a beautiful daughter. Midas loved his gold very much, but he loved his daughter more than his riches.

    One day, a satyr named Silenus got drunk and passed out in Midas’ rose garden. Believing that Satyrs always bring good luck, Midas lets Silenus rest in his palace until he is sober, against the wishes of his wife and daughter. Silenus is a friend of Dionysus, the god of wine and celebration. Upon learning Midas’ kindness towards his friend, Dionysus decides to reward the keg.

    When asked to wish for something, Midas says “I wish everything I touch turns to gold”. Although Dionysus knew it was not a great idea, he granted Midas his wish.

    Happy that his wish was granted, Midas went around touching random things in the garden and his palace and turned them all into gold. He touched an apple, and it turned into a shiny gold apple. His subjects were astonished but happy to see so much gold in the palace.

    In his happiness, Midas went and hugged his daughter, and before he realized, he turned her into a lifeless, golden statue! Aghast, Midas ran back to the garden and called for Dionysus. He begged the god to take away his power and save his daughter. Dionysus gives Midas a solution to change everything back to how it was before the wish. Midas learned his lesson and lived the rest of his life contended with what he had.


    Do not get greedy. Be happy and content with what you have.

    3. The golden egg

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    Once upon a time, a farmer had a goose that laid a golden egg every day. The egg provided enough money for the farmer and his wife for their day-to-day needs. The farmer and his wife were happy for a long time. But one day, the farmer got an idea and thought, “Why should I take just one egg a day? Why can’t I take all of them at once and make a lot of money?”

    The foolish farmer’s wife also agreed and decided to cut the goose’s stomach for the eggs. As soon as they killed the bird and opened the goose’s stomach, to find nothing but guts and blood. The farmer, realizing his foolish mistake, cries over the lost resource!

    The English idiom “kill not the goose that lays the golden egg” was also derived from this classic story.


    Think before you act.

    4. The miser and his gold

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    An old miser lived in a house with a garden. The miser hid his gold coins in a pit under some stones in the garden. Every day, before going to bed, the miser went to the stones where he hid the gold and counted the coins. He continued this routine every day, but not once did he spend the gold he saved.

    One day, a thief who knew the old miser’s routine, waited for the old man to go back into his house. After it was dark, the thief went to the hiding place and took the gold. The next day, the old miser found that his treasure was missing and started crying loudly.

    His neighbor heard the miser’s cries and inquired about what happened. On learning what happened, the neighbor asked, “Why didn’t you save the money inside the house? It would’ve been easier to access the money when you had to buy something!”

    “Buy?”, said the miser. “I never used the gold to buy anything. I was never going to spend it.”

    On hearing this, the neighbor threw a stone into the pit and said, “If that is the case, save the stone. It is as worthless as the gold you have lost”.


    A possession is just as worthy of what it is used for.

    5. The tortoise and the bird

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    A tortoise was resting under a tree, on which a bird had built its nest. The tortoise spoke to the bird mockingly, “What a shabby home you have! It is made of broken twigs, it has no roof, and looks crude. What’s worse is that you had to build it yourself. I think my house, which is my shell, is much better than your pathetic nest”.

    “Yes, it is made of broken sticks, looks shabby and is open to the elements of nature. It is crude, but I built it, and I like it.”

    “I guess it’s just like any other nest, but not better than mine”, said the tortoise. “You must be jealous of my shell, though.”

    “On the contrary”, the bird replied. “My home has space for my family and friends; your shell cannot accommodate anyone other than you. Maybe you have a better house. But I have a better home”, said the bird happily.


    Better a crowded hut than a lonely mansion.

    6. The cows and the tiger

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    Four cows lived in a forest near a meadow. They were good friends and did everything together. They grazed together and stayed together, because of which no tigers or lions were able to kill them for food.

    But one day, the friends fought and each cow went to graze in a different direction. A tiger and a lion saw this and decided that it was the perfect opportunity to kill the cows. They hid in the bushes and surprised the cows and killed them all, one by one.


    Unity is strength.

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    Witty Moral Stories

    Who says moral stories for kids need to be all serious or morose? Here are a few that have a touch of humor.

    7. The four students

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    There were four friends who hated studying. They partied all night before their exams and planned to skip the test by lying to the professor. So they went to the dean and told him that they had been to a wedding the previous night and on their way back, they had a flat tire. They continued to say that they had to push the car all the way back, as they didn’t have a spare tire and hence, were not in a position to write the exam.

    The dean listened and agreed to let them take the test on a later date. Happy that they got a second chance, the four friends studied hard and were ready for the exam. On exam day, the dean asked the students to sit in separate classrooms, which the students agreed to.

    The examination paper had only two questions, for a total of 100 marks. The questions were thus:

    1. Your name:
    2. Which tire of the car burst: a) Front left b) Front right c) Rear left d) Rear right


    You may be smart, but there are people smarter than you in the world.

    8. The boasting traveler (Aesop’s fables)

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    A man came back from a tour and boasted about his adventurous journeys. He talked at length about the different people he met and his amazing feats that got him fame and praise from people everywhere. He went on to say that he went to the Rhodes where he had leaped to such distances that no man could ever match his feat.

    He even went on to say that there were witnesses who would vouch for his words. Hearing the man boast so much, a smart bystander said, “Oh good man, we do not need any witnesses to believe your words. Imagine this place to be Rhodes and leap for us”.

    The lying traveler didn’t know what to do and went away quietly.


    He who does a thing well does not need to boast.

    9. The camel and the baby

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    One day, a camel and her baby were chatting. The baby asked, “Mother, why do we have humps?” The mother replied, “Our humps are for storing water so that we can survive in the desert”.

    “Oh”, said the child, “and why do we have rounded feet mother?” “Because they are meant to help us walk comfortably in the desert. These legs help us move around in the sand.”

    “Alright. But why are our eyelashes so long?” “To protect our eyes from the desert dust and sand. They are the protective covers for the eyes”, replied the mother camel.

    The baby camel thought for a while and said, “So we have humps to store water for desert journeys, rounded hooves to keep us comfortable when we walk in the desert sand, and long eyelashes to protect us from sand and dust during a desert storm. Then what are we doing in a zoo?”

    The mother was dumbfounded.


    Your strengths, skills, and knowledge are useless if you are not in the right place.

    10. The farmer and the well

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    A farmer looking for a source of water for his farm bought a well from his neighbor. The neighbor was cunning, though, and refused to let the farmer take water from the well. On asking why, he replied, “I sold the well to you, not the water”, and walked away. The distraught farmer didn’t know what to do. So he went to Birbal, a clever man and one of the nine courtiers of Emperor Akbar, for a solution.

    The emperor called the farmer and his neighbor and asked why the man was not letting the farmer draw water from the well. The cunning man said the same thing again, “I sold the well, not the water. So he cannot take my water”.

    To this, Birbal replied, “All that sounds fine to me. But if you have sold the water and the water is yours, then you have no business keeping your water in his well. Remove the water or use it all up immediately. If not the water will belong to the owner of the well”.

    Realizing that he’s been tricked and taught his lesson, the man apologized and left.


    Cheating will not get you anything. If you do cheat, you’ll pay for it soon enough.

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    Fables From Everywhere

    This section has fables and good short stories with morals for children, from different parts of the world.

    11. True friends love you anyway

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    Lord Krishna and Sudama were childhood friends. While Krishna thrived and prospered, Sudama didn’t. He lead the life of a poor Brahmin man, living in a small hut with his wife and kids. Most days, the kids wouldn’t even get enough to eat from what Sudama got as alms. One day, his wife suggested that he go and ask his friend Krishna for help.

    Sudama was reluctant to seek favors, but he also didn’t want his kids to suffer. So his wife borrows some rice from the neighbors to make some rice snacks that Krishna liked, and gave it to Sudama to take it to his friend. Sudama took it and set out to Dwaraka. He was amazed at the gold that was used to build the city. He reached the palace gates and was obstructed by the guards, who judged him by his torn dhoti and poor appearance.

    Sudama requested the guards to at least inform Krishna that his friend Sudama has come to meet him. The guard, although reluctant, goes and informs the lord. On hearing that Sudama was here, Krishna stops doing whatever he was doing and runs barefoot to meet his childhood friend.

    Krishna hugs Sudama welcomes him to his abode and treats him with utmost love and respect. Sudama, ashamed of the poor man’s rice snacks he got for Krishna, tries to hide it. But the all-knowing Krishna asks Sudama for his gift and eats his favorite rice snacks that his friend brought for him.

    Krishna and his friend spend time laughing and talking about their childhood but Sudama, overwhelmed by the kindness and compassion showed by his friend, is unable to ask  for help. When he returns home, Sudama finds that his hut has been replaced by a huge mansion and his wife and kids are dressed in fine clothes.

    Sudama realized how lucky he was to have a true friend like Krishna. He didn’t even ask, but Krishna knew what Sudama wanted and gave it to him.


    True friends do not distinguish between rich and poor. They are always there for you when you need them.

    12. Elephant and friends

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    A lone elephant wandered the forest looking for friends. She came across a monkey and asked, “Will you be my friend, monkey?” “You are too big and cannot swing on trees as I do. So I cannot be your friend”, said the monkey.

    The elephant them came across a rabbit and asked him if she could be his friend. “You are too big to fit inside my burrow. You cannot be my friend”, replied the rabbit.

    Then the elephant met a frog and asked if she could be her friend. The frog said “You are too big and heavy. You cannot jump like me. I am sorry, but you cannot be my friend”.

    The elephant asked a fox, and he got the same reply, that he was too big. The next day, all the animals in the forest were running in fear. The elephant stopped a bear and asked what was happening and was told that a tiger has been attacking all the animals.

    The elephant wanted to save the other weak animals and went to the tiger and said “Please sir, leave my friends alone. Do not eat them”. The tiger didn’t listen and asked the elephant to mind her own business. Seeing no other way to solve the problem, the elephant kicked the tiger and scared it away.

    She then went back to the others and told them what happened. On hearing how the elephant saved their lives, the animals agreed in unison, “You are just the right size to be our friend”.


    Friends come in all shapes and sizes!

    13. The wolf and the shepherds

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    This is one of the many Aesop’s fables that one can relate to in any day and age.

    One day a wolf was chased away from a farm for trying to steal some of the sheep for food. Later that week, the wolf came back to the farm hoping to find some food. He peeped inside the house and found the farmer and his family feasting on lamb roast.

    “Aha!”, he thought. “If I were to do the same thing that the farmer and his family are doing now, I would be shunted and chased, or even killed for killing a weak, innocent lamb.”


    We are quick to judge and condemn others for what they do, but see nothing wrong in doing so ourselves.

    14. The young crab and his mother

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    One day, a young crab and his mother were on the beach, spending some time together. The young crab gets up to move, but it can only walk sideways. His mother scolds him for walking sideways and asks him to walk forward by pointing his toes out front. The young crab responds, “I would like to walk forward mom, but I do not know how to”.

    Hearing this, his mom gets up to show him how, but even she is unable to bend her knees forward. She realizes that she was being unfair, apologizes sheepishly, and sits back in the sand.


    Don’t condemn someone for not doing something that you yourself are unable to do.

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    A young woman inherited a beautiful garden from her grandmother. She loved gardening too and was very proud of her garden. One day, she saw a very beautiful plant in a catalog and wanted that for her garden. She ordered it and planted it at the base of the stonewall in her backyard. She took great care of the plant, which grew quickly and had beautiful green leaves on it.

    Months passed, but not a single flower bloomed on the tree. Vexed, she almost wanted to cut the tree down. At such a time, her invalid called and said, “Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers. You have no idea how much I enjoy looking at the blooms of the vine you have planted”.

    Hearing this, the young girl rushes to the neighbor’s side of the wall and sees the most beautiful flower in bloom. All the care she took had paid off. Only the vine crept through the crevices because of which it did not flower on her side of the wall but did generously on the other side.


    Just because you cannot see the good results of your efforts does not mean that it bore no fruit.

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    Modern Moral Stories

    Morals that most fables come with are timeless, although the stories may be ancient. So, here are a few modern short stories with the same morals for kids that the age-old fables came with.

    16. The dog at the well

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    A dog and her pups lived on a farm, where there was a well. The mother dog told the pups, do not go near the well or play around it. One of the pups wondered why they shouldn’t go to the well and decided to explore it. He went to the well. Climbed up the wall and peeked inside.

    In there, he saw his reflection and thought it was another dog. The pup saw that the other dog in the well (his reflection) was doing whatever he was doing, and got angry for imitating him. He decided to fight with the dog and jumped into the well, only to find no dog there. He barked and barked and swam until the farmer came and rescued him. The pup had learned his lesson.


    Always listen to what the elders say. Question them, but do not defy them.

    17. Controlling anger

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    There was once a young boy who had problem controlling his temper. When he became angry, he would just say anything that came to his mind and hurt people. So his father gave him a bag of nails and a hammer and said, “Every time you get angry, hammer one nail into the fence in our backyard”.

    The first few days the boy hammered so many nails that he emptied half the bag. Over the weeks, the number of nails he hammered to the fence reduced and gradually, his temper was much in control. Then came a day when he didn’t lose his temper at all. His father asked him to remove one nail each day that he manages not to lose his temper.

    Finally, on the day the child was removing the last nail, his father says, “You have done well, boy. But do you see the holes in the wall? The fence is never going to be the same, even after repainting. Likewise, when you say mean things in anger, you will leave a scar in the person’s mind, as the nails did to the fence”.


    Anger is a dangerous weapon like a knife. When you put a knife in a man and draw it out, the wound heals but the scar remains.

    18. The wet pants

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    A nine-year-old boy was sitting at his desk in class, when suddenly, his pants felt wet, and there was a puddle at his feet. His heart almost skipped a beat, as he got worried that his classmates would see that and make fun of him.

    He quickly wanted to do something, and saw the teacher and his classmate Susie walking towards him. Susie was carrying a bowl of goldfish. As they came closer, the boy thought that the teacher noticed his wet pants, and suddenly Susie trips and drops the fishbowl in his lap. While thanking God for helping him, he pretends to get angry with Susie and yells at her.

    Everyone in the class thinks it is Susie’s fault that the boy’s pants got wet. The teacher helps the boy change into dry clothes, and the class continues. Later that evening, the boy asks Susie, “You did that on purpose, didn’t you?” “I wet my pants once too”, whispers Susie.


    Each one of us goes through good days and bad days. Only those who help you out on your bad days are your true friends.

    19. Bad habits

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    A wealthy businessman was worried about his son’s bad habits. He sought counsel from a wise, old man. The old man met the man’s son and took him out for a stroll. They walked into the woods, and the old man showed the boy a small sapling and asked him to pull it out. The boy did so with ease, and they walked on.

    The old man then asked the boy to pull out a small plant. The boy did that too, with a little effort. As they walked, the old man asked the boy to pull out the bush, which he did. The next was a small tree, which the child had to struggle a lot to pull out. Finally, the old man showed him a bigger tree and asked the child to pull it out.

    The child failed to pull it out even after trying several times, in different ways. The old man looks at the boy, smiles and says, “So is the case with habits, good or bad”.


    Bad habits are hard to get rid of once they have settled in our system. It is best to get rid of them early on.

    20. Good company, bad company

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    Two parrots built a nest in a banyan tree. They lived with their two young ones, which they took good care of. The mother and the father parrot went out to gather food in the morning and came back home by evening. One day, when their parents were away, the young parrots were taken by a cruel hunter.

    One of the birds managed to escape and flew away from the hunter. He ended up at a hermitage and grew up listening to kind words and compassion. The hunter put the other parrot in a cage, and soon it learned a few words and phrases. The hunter and his family were crude and didn’t care much about kind words.

    One day, a passerby was resting outside the hunter’s hut. Sensing someone outside, the parrot said, “Fool, why are you here? Fool! Leave! I’ll cut your throat”. Scared, the traveler went away, and on his journey, he reached the hermitage where the other parrot was. The parrot at the hermitage spoke, “Welcome traveler. You are free to stay here as long as you want”.

    Surprised, the traveler told the parrot that he encountered a similar parrot elsewhere and it was very cruel. How is that you are so kind?” The parrot replied, “That must be my brother. I live with the sages, and my brother lives with hunters. I learned the sage’s language, and my brother learned the hunter’s language. The company we keep decides who we will be”.


    Keep good company if you want to be a good person.

    21. The man and the cat

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    One day, a man was walking by a road when he heard a cat meowing from the bushes nearby. The cat was stuck and needed help getting out. When the man reached out, the cat got scared and scratched the man. The man screamed in pain but didn’t back down. He tried again and again, even as the cat continued to scratch his hands.

    Another passerby saw this and said, “Just let it be! The cat will find a way to come out later”. The man didn’t pay heed but tried until he helped the cat. Once he let the cat free, he told the other man, “The cat is an animal, and its instincts make him scratch and attack. I am a human and my instincts make me compassionate and kind”.


    Treat everyone around you like you want to be treated. Adhere to your own rules or ethics, not theirs.

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    Morals are nothing but lessons that we learn from a story. If you pay attention, every story has some moral in it. Teach your kids to draw lessons from their experiences, and the experiences of their friends or family. When they do, they will have so many more short moral stories to share with the world.

    What’s your favorite moral story? Tell us about it here.

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    Harshita is a graduate in commerce and holds a PG Diploma in Patent and Copyrights Law from NALSAR University. She has also pursued CA and has more than three years of internship experience in auditing. Her love for travelling has taken her to various parts of the world, and writing the travelogues was what brought out her love for content writing.... more

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