11 Must-Read Moral Stories For Kids

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.

Moral Stories From Around The World

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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