One thing that has a paramount influence on all of us is Reading or what we read. Children, just like adults, are deeply influenced with what they read. Hence, it makes sense that you should read what you wish your child to become. Reading moral stories to kids would boost character building right from the root level.

Why Moral Values are essential for Kids?

Moral and ethics contribute immensely to the character and have a deep impact on shaping children. Here is how:

Help Kids build Resilience

Life does not come with a manual. With its intricate twists and turns, life can be really confusing. What can really help your children navigate through its ups and downs is a strong set of moral values and ethics. Kids who grow up in grounded and values enriched environment are less likely to astray as adults.

Prepare them for their Role in Society

The reason you send your children to school is to prepare them for their future role in the greater schema of society and life. A well-educated person who is a compulsive liar earns little respect.What prepares children for their role in society and as a good citizen, is the set of values they adhere to. Belief system is what distinguishes a cop from a thief. Both could be equally clever but will certainly have different places in the society.

Counter Bad influence

It is easy to go awry when all you see is negative influence. Peer pressure is immense these days. Most adults confess to starting their addiction to smoking, drinking and the likes under peer pressure.

Moral Stories for Kids

A good set of values can be of great help to your children in such circumstances. Such children do not succumb easily to peer pressure and are less likely to develop bad habits growing up.

However, over the past few years there has been a steady deterioration in the value system. We can’t really blame anyone! Parents are increasingly busier. Nuclear families make the current way of living. Schools are more engaged than ever in academia and physical grooming of students. Add to this, the explosion of media in all its forms be it digital or visual.

The onus, thus, primarily falls on you to inculcate values and ethics in your children. Grandmas are not as available as before, to narrate stories enriched with good morals and lessons. But what is indeed available is a great collection of moral stories for kids.

Moral Stories for Kids

Vice of Greed

Greediness is defined as an excessive, unreasonable selfish want for something. What is essential to understand that greed is limited to ‘Wants’ and not ‘Needs’. Teaching your children to distinguish between the two is essential.

Moral Stories for Kids

There is no end to wants. Often the child, who cries every time he visits a toy store, is the one who does not understand the difference between greed and want. Helping your child understand his needs can pave a way for contentment, gratitude as well as value for money.

1. The Fisherman And His Wife

This is simple, age old story that perfectly brings out the perils of greed. Once a poor fisherman catches a fish, which is actually an enchanted prince. The fish requests the fisherman to let him go and grants him a wish.

Moral of the Story

This story highlights the vicious circle of greed, how it is self-fuelling and never-ending.

2. The Goose and the Golden Eggs

Another story about excessive wants and how it eventually harms us. An Aesop fable, this story has been translated into many languages across countries.

It is a story about a Goose who laid one Golden egg everyday for its master. But with time its master became greedy and his greed leads to his misfortune.

Moral of the Story

Excessive greed leads to destruction.

3. King Midas and the Golden Touch

This is a beautiful story that will teach your children learn what is truly essential in life. Help your children understand the true source of happiness and joy in life with this tale.

Moral of the Story

You should be happy with what you have and not act greedy.

4. The Greedy Dog

This is a perfect story to teach your children about the consequences of being greedy. A funny tale, it revolves around a Dog and how his greed makes a fool out of dog.

Moral of the Story

You will loose what you have if you will want everything, every time. Be content.

5. The Greedy Crane

This classic fable from Panchatantra, teaches children the consequences of being greedy. It is a story about a crane and its greed. The story is a perfect way to illustrate the moral that we should be happy with what we have and not be greedy for more.

Moral of the Story

Beware of a greedy person’s real intentions. Being greedy is self-destructive.

Truth and Lies

The first thing most parents teach their children is to tell the truth. Being honest and truthful is one of the highest valued virtues. No one likes a person who lies.

Moral Stories for Kids

Teach your children the significance of telling truth and how lying can land them in trouble with the aid of following stories:

6. The Boy who cried Wolf

An age old story about how lying can land us in trouble, this is a favorite with many kids. Help your children understand the difference between joking and lying with this story.

Moral of the Story

Nobody trusts a person who lies.

7. Donkey in the Lion’s Skin

An Aesop’s fable, this is a great story to teach your children that lying does no good. Lying and tricking people can land us in big trouble and it is always best to stay truthful.

Moral of the Story

You should not try to copy someone else. Your lies will reveal your true intentions.

8. Pinocchio

Who can forget the story of a boy who became a compulsive liar? Pinocchio’s story teaches children that lying can easily become a habit and it is no good to lie.

Moral of the Story

You will get caught in your own web of lies.

9. No more Lying

This is a perfect story that revolves around a child who lies when he feels scared. A common scenario with children. However, besides teaching children, it also delivers strong message to parents as well on how to inculcate honesty.

Moral of the Story

You should lie to cover your mistakes. Always speak the truth.

10. Honest Woodcutter

A wonderful tale to teach your children the perils of lies and how honesty is the best policy. It is a story of an honest and a greedy woodcutter. It imparts an important lesson on how honest people receive help while those who cheat suffer.

Moral of the Story

Being truthful brings you rewards.

Quarrels

Help your little ones understand the power of staying together and not fighting. Quarreling does not do anyone good. Together they can make a team. Inculcating the spirit of unity and not picking up fights trying to show who is better is something all parents have to work on.

11. The Sun and The Wind

A classic tale about the natural forces and how they quarrel trying to out do each other. A simple story with a good lesson.

Moral of the Story

Gentle persuasion is stronger than force.

12. Fox and The Stork

This is a story of a stork and a fox and how they try to out-do each other. Instead of fighting and trying to prove oneself better, we all are better off with our own set of qualities. We need not fight over them.

Moral of the Story

Behave with others the way you wish to be treated.

13. Two Foolish Cats

This is a must watch for every child. The beautiful story efficiently delivers the message that arguing does you no good. Rather, other people can take advantage if we fight.

Moral of the Story

Other people will take advantage of your quarrelling.

14. Lion and the Wild Boar

An excellent story about how a lion and a wild boar realise that squabbling is not a way to resolve differences and fighting would only harm.

Moral of the Story

Fighting does not benefit anyone. Resolve conflicts peacefully.

15. Frog and the Ox

This story helps children understand that we should appreciate each other and not try to act smarter. It is especially relevant in the current competitive scenario. Teach your child to appreciate his/her own talents and appreciate other’s capabilities with this short story.

Moral of the Story

Do not try to outsmart anyone.

Spirit of Friendship

Moral Stories for Kids

Friendship cannot fall behind when you teach your children about moral values and ethics. Friendship is one of the most sacred bonds. It is like choosing your family, your people who will stay with you in need. Imbibe the spirit of friendship in your child with these stories:

16. The Lion and The Mouse

The first story that comes to mind when teaching about friendship. This story lays down the first rule of friendship in a most delightful way – No one is too small or too big to be your friend.

Moral of the Story

Your one kind act can win you a friend for life.

17. True Friends Always Help Each Other

This is a cute story that depicts the love between pals. What do you do when your friend is sad? Leave her or try to make her happy again? This is story about caring for your friends and doing things for them, even when it is hard.

Moral of the Story

True friends take care of each other.

18. Bond of friendship

An ancient tale about how to keep your friends and maintain the precious bond of friendship. This story will teach your children how to peacefully resolve conflicts with their friends.

Moral of the Story

You should not let small differences ruin your friendship.

19. The Four Friends

A Panchatantra story about four friends and how together they stand strong to defeat the hunter.

Moral of the Story

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

20. The Monkey And The Crocodile

While you teach your children about making friends, also enlighten them to choose friends wisely. After all, a bad friend can be worse than an enemy.

Moral of the Story

Choose your friends wisely.

Hard Work

The power of hard work and positive attitude can triumph over biggest challenges. In the current world of instant gratification, it is essential to teach children the value of hard work and patience. Through the virtue of hard work, biggest obstacles can be turned into opportunities.

21. Garden of Hard Work

A poor man Maniram works hard and sincerely to make his ends meet. His hard work and sincerity pays off one day when he gets the to fulfil his dream.

Moral of the Story

Through the virtue of hard work you can make all your dreams come true.

22. The Lazy Girl & The Diligent Girl

This is a great story to teach kids work ethics and how working on time is important. The story revolves around two classmates – one who is lazy and the other who is sincere. The latter works hard and regularly while the former keep her work for the last minute. Later, she realises her mistake when she is unable to finish her work on time.

Moral of the Story

You should complete your work on time and not keep it for last minute.

23. The Crow and The Pitcher

A parched crow finds a pitcher but the water is too low for its beak to reach. But with the help of a clever idea and lots of hard work, he manages to get the water.

Moral of the Story

With some cleverness and hard work, you can turn adversity into opportunity.

24. The Salt Merchant and The Donkey

A donkey carrying load accidentally falls into a stream, only to realise that the load it was carrying has become lighter. When it tries to lighten its load again, its master plays a clever trick on it teaching the donkey a lesson.

Moral of the Story

You should not shy from working hard.

25. Grasshopper and The Ants

This classic Aesop’s fable is a hit with children. It is a story about a grasshopper who shirks its work for frolic and play. But the ants, even though much tinier than the grasshopper, work hard and save themselves from the bitter cold.

Moral of the Story

You should not procrastinate your work. First work and then play.

Kindness

We all wish to raise happy children. One way to ensure their happiness is through inculcating the virtue of kindness. Kindness is good for self-esteem and emotional well being.

Scientifically speaking, engaging in acts of kindness releases oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins – the feel-good biochemicals responsible behind sense of happiness and joy. This makes it indispensable virtue and quintessential to teach children to be kind.

26. The Lost Dog

A girl named Lucy looses her pet dog. Sandra and Chris offer their help and are finally able to locate the dog. Turns out Lucy is a princess and they get invited for a royal party.

Moral of the Story

Acts of kindness pay forward in unexpected ways.

27. Kindness Works As Magic

This is the perfect story to teach how they can win someone through kindness. Pratap Singh, an unkind, rude man does not like helping anyone. Everyone in the village despises him and maintains a distance from him. But one another man, Ramdas, comes to the village and decides to teach Pratap Singh a lesson – through kindness.

Moral of the Story

You can change even a cruel person’s heart through kindness.

28. The Ant and The Dove

A dove was sitting on a branch when it spots a drowning ant. Thinking quickly, it drops a leaf for the ant to climb onto, thus saving the ant’s life. Few days later, when a bird hunter comes to the forest, the ant returns the dove’s act of kindness by saving its life.

Moral of the Story

Kind and compassionate behaviour pays you back.

29. Always Be Kind to Others

Nandu the deer is hungry and nobody notices him expect for Humpy the hippo. Humpy decides to forego his food to let Nandu eat and urging his friends to share their lunch with Nandu.

Moral of the Story

Be kind to your friends.

30. Mr Kind and Mr Unkind

This is a story about two farmers. One of them is kind while the other one is cruel. When thieves come to the village, it is the kind man who gets saved from being robbed while the unkind man bears the consequences of his bad behaviour.

Moral of the Story

Acts of kindness help you in unseen, unexpected ways.

Happiness

31. Happiness Mantra

Happiness is a choice. This story narrates how a crow finds out what it truly means to be happy. In its quest to be happy, he wishes to be a swan but learns that swan is not happy himself and wishes to be someone else. It leads the crow to discover that many other animals, like himself, feels that other animals are happier than themselves. Finally, the crow goes to the peacock. On listening to what the peacock had to say about happiness, crow learns his lesson.

Moral of the Story

Learn to be happy with what you have and do not compare your happiness with others.

32. Secret of Happiness

Three brothers are granted their wishes by an old woman to make them happy. However, after an year they realise that they are no longer happy even though their wishes had come true. They revisit the old woman who teaches the true meaning of happiness.

Moral of the Story

Things cannot make you happy. Being content and grateful is the key to happiness.

33. Stay Happy

Akshay though smartest in the class and beloved child of his parents is always unhappy. He finds reasons to be sad. A new student, Shrey, comes to the class and makes Akshay realise that happiness is within each one of us.

Moral of the Story

We should count our blessing and be thankful. Finding faults leads to unhappiness.

34. How to be Happy

Wendy is sad ever since her best friend left the school. One day aunt Mari comes to her house and realises that Wendy is always sad. On enquiring, Wendy tells her aunt why she is sad. Aunt Maria teaches her how to be happy again and shows her nothing can make her sad without her consent.

Moral of the Story

Take responsibility for your happiness. Nothing can make you sad without your permission.

Moral Story Books for Kids

1. Illustrated Stories from Aesop

This is a great collection of Aesop’s fables from Usborne. The stories are segregated into buckets, each catering to a different moral. Easy to understand language along with pretty illustrations make this book a treasure.

2. Moral Tales From Panchatantra

Panchtantra stories are centuries old and continue to captivate children and adults alike. This book lists six stories from Panchtantra, guiding its young readers towards better conduct and moral ethics.

Moral stories for kids

3. 365 Moral Stories

Here is a book with a moral lesson for every day of an year. Packed with 365 short stories, this is a perfect read for children as young as 2-year-old.

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4. 2 Minute Moral Stories

What could be better if you could teach a life lesson in a matter of two minutes? These short, sweet stories impart valuable moral lessons and just finish before your child’s attention dwindles.

moral stories for kids

5. 199 Moral Stories

Each story in this book comes with a lovely illustration and is intriguing enough to keep the interest alive. Suitable for 3 to 6-year-old.

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6. Happy Thoughts: 200 Inspiring Quotes Explained for Kids and Teens

Suited for tweens and teens, this book is abounding with quotes that can change the thought process. Particularly great at instilling values without running the risk of being preachy.

moral stories for kids

7. Have You Filled a Bucket Today

This is a go-to-guide for happiness. Finding joys in simple daily routine to helping someone, this book unearths the secret to being happy. Highly recommended for children 4years and above.

moral stories for kids

8. Your Magnificent Chooser

Life is all about the decisions we make. Help your children unlock the power of making the correct decisions with this heartwarming book. This book will guide your children to make correct decisions for themselves by inculcating correct moral values and ethics.

moral stories for kids

Often, through the medium of stories, children learn invaluable lessons of life. Make these story sessions interactive, share your experiences, seek your children’s opinions around the stories to help them understand better. See if you can find and tell stories that improve their STEM knowledge.

Watching or Reading these stories with your children will help them understand the essential virtues of life. They will help you lay the foundation of their character.

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