Best 10 Moral Stories for kids


Moral stories for kids make for an interesting read both for young minds and adults. The word moral comes from the Latin word “morālis”, which means a message that is conveyed through a story or event. Inspirational moral stories for kids are stories that convey moral ethics and powerful messages to their readers. Stories also give you the opportunity to teach your kids the values of friendship, honesty, compassion, and more.
Here we see the best 10 moral stories for kids
1. The Lion and the Mouse

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There lived a lion in a forest bush. Near the bush lived a mouse in a hole. It was a hot day and the lion was taking a rest after a long hunt. The playful mouse came out of his hole and started climbing up and down the lion. The running of the mouse tickled the lion and he woke up. He caught the mouse and said. “You silly fool! You disturbed my sleep. I am going to kill you”.

The mouse looked at the lion and plea in his face and replied humbly. “Oh king of the forest! Please do have mercy on this small creature! I have committed a mistake. If you excuse and pardon me I will surely repay you in the future”. The lion was astonished by the bravery of the mouse and he let the mouse free. Days Passed.
Once, when the lion went for a hunt he got trapped in a net. He started roaring. The mouse heard the roaring and thought, “The lion must have been trapped. I should help him”.  He ran to the net and started gnawing. Soon, the net gave away and the lion got free. They became good friends.
Moral of the story:
  • Never under estimate anyone.  
  • Even tiny things can be of immense help.
  • The Smallest acts of kindness, make the biggest differences in someone’s life.
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2. The Greedy Dog
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Once, there was a dog searching for food. It got a bone from a meat shop. The dog took the bone and went towards its house. It reached at the bridge of the river which was near his house. The dog saw his image in the water and mistook that some other dog is there in the water with a bone in its mouth. 

The greedy dog made a plan to snatch away the bone from the other dog. It opened the mouth for snatching away the bone. Alas!, the bone in its mouth fell down in the river. The poor dog lost its bone and went home crying.
Moral of the story: 
  • Don’t be Greedy. Greed will cause pain..
  • He who wants everything every time will lose everything anytime” – Vikrant Parsai
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3. The Talkative Tortoise

Once there was a tortoise lived in a pond. Two Swans used to visit the same pond everyday. The tortoise was very talkative. It used to talk to swans for a very long time. Tortoise and Swans become good friends. All of them were happy. Once there was a drought and it lasted for long time. 

As a result, the water in the pond got dry. There was no water for them to drink. The swans decided to move
out to some other place. The tortoise asked swans to take him alone with them. The swans suggested a plan, according to which tortoise would have to hold a piece of stick by its mouth and the swans will hold its two ends of that stick.

They told the tortoise not to speak otherwise it would fall and die. The tortoise understood and promised them not to open its mouth during that journey. while crossing a village, many  saw the tortoise and got surprised.
They shouted at the tortoise and made fun of him. Tortoise got angry and opened its mouth to speak. But as
it opened its mouth, it fell down on the ground. The swans were very shocked to see their friend’s end. The tortoise died because of its impatience and foolishness.

Moral of the story: 
  • Always listen to friendly advice.
  • Impatience never commanded success  – Edwin H. Chapin
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4. The Hare and the Tortoise



Once there was a hare, he felt very proud because he could run very fast. One day, he saw a slow-moving tortoise. The hare laughed at the tortoise and said, “you’re moving very fast, shall we have a running race.”

The tortoise knew that he could not run fast like the hare. He thought, “Why not have some fun? I am not worried about failure. ” So he said, ” I am ready for the race” and accepted the challenge. The forest friends fixed a day for the race.
On the Fixed day, both the hare and the tortoise arrived at the starting point. They had to run up to a big banyan tree, nearly a mile away.  It was really a long distance for the tortoise. The race started. The tortoise
began to move forward slowly.  The hare ran at great speed.

After running for some time, the hare stopped to take a rest. The tortoise was far behind. “It will take him a
long time to catch me”, thought the hare. He laid down under a shady tree and soon fell asleep. Meanwhile, the tortoise kept moving slowly and steadily. On the way, he saw the hare in deep sleep.

He continued to move and finally reached the winning point. The hare woke up after some time and began to run fast. But it was too late now. When he reached the end point, he saw the tortoise waiting, with a smiling face. The hare hung his face in shame.
Moral Of the Story:  
  • Slow and steady wins the race.
Popular Quote: 
  • “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop” – Confucius.
  • “The trees that are slow to grow to bear the best fruit” – Moliere
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5. The Honest Woodcutter 


A woodcutter lived in a small village on the river-bank. He used to cut the trees on the river bank every day and sell them in the village. One day, while cutting a tree, he dropped his axe in the river.

The Woodcutter immediately searched, but could not see the axe. He sat down on the river bank and started crying. He said, “Dear god I dropped my axe in the water. It was my only source of lively hood. Please help me, god please give me back my axe back.”

The woodcutter saw the god mercury rising from the river. He heard the woodcutter’s prayer and went back to the river to find the axe.

He came back with a gold axe and asked, woodcutter, is this your axe?” the woodcutter refused. Mercury went back in and got a silver axe. “Is this your axe?”, the woodcutter refused again. The third time, Mercury returned with an iron axe. The woodcutter took his axe happily and profusely thanked Mercury.

Mercury was happy with the honesty and gave him all the three aces. The woodcutter went home happily. Soon village heard about his good fortune story.

One greedy friend of woodcutter went to the river bank the next day and hide his axe behind the tree near the river bank. As he sat on the river bank crying, god mercury appeared.

Mercury asked him why he was crying. He told mercury that he had lost his axe. Mercury went back to the river and returned with a gold axe. The man took the axe. Mercury was upset with his dishonesty and took back the gold axe from him and scared him. He ran back to the village without taking his axe.

Moral Of the Story:  

  • Be honest. Honesty is always rewarded.
Popular Quote: 
  • Honesty is the best policy – Benjamin Franklin.
  • No legacy is so rich as honesty – William Shakespeare.
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6. Two Cats and A Monkey

Once upon a time, there lived two cats near a village. They were close friends. They played together, slept together, and went everywhere together. Suddenly one day there was no food for both of them. The two cats went for the search of food, they found a loaf of bread. 

They both wanted the bread as they were very hungry. They began to fight over it. one cat said, “I found it
first its mine.” Another cat said, “No I found it first, give it to me.”

A monkey in the tree seeing them fighting said to himself, ‘It will be great if I get that bread. It looks yummy.”. He came to the cats and said, “Friends why are you quarreling? I will settle your fight”. Both the cats agreed to his proposal. 
The Monkey split the bread into two uneven pieces. One-piece was large and the other piece was small. Then he ate a portion from the larger piece. But this made the other piece larger. So it took a bite from the other piece. likewise, the monkey ate the whole loaf of bread. It climbed back the tree laughing at the cats. Two foolish cats couldn’t able to eat anything.
Moral Of the Story:  
  • When you quarrel someone else gains.
  • When two people fight the third one always gets the profit.
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7The Thirsty Crow

It was a hot summer afternoon. The crow was very thirsty he flew here and there in search of water, but he couldn’t find water anywhere.  As he looked around, all the lakes were dry. He could not see even a drop of water.
The crow decided to fly in another direction.  As he flew a mile, He saw a pot lying on the ground. The crow happily flew down to the pot and peaked in with great hope but the water was at the bottom of the pot. The thirty crow tried hard to put his beak inside the pot but could not reach the water. 
The water in the pot was very low. He tried to move the pot but it was heavy. He could not even tilt the pot alone. The crow began thinking of ways to get water from the pot. When he looked around, he saw a few stones lying on the ground suddenly he had an idea. He started picking up stones in his beak one by one and dropped them in the pot. 
As the stones went down the pot, the water level started to rise. Now the crow was able to drink water. He drank the water happily and flew back to his tree. 
Moral Of the Story:  
  • Where there’s is a will, there’s is a way. 
Popular Quote:
  • There’s always a way – if you’re committed. – Tony Robbins
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8. The Grasshopper and the Ant

It was a beautiful spring day, a grasshopper was playing in a green grassy field. In that field he noticed a line of ants marching along carrying some grains of wheat. The grasshopper asked, “ Where are you going with that big load?”.

“We are taking these grains to our nest,” said the Ant. “But it’s such a beautiful day, come and have fun with me,” said the grasshopper. “No, I think you should come work with us it’s going to be a long winter with lots of snow. You had better start storing your food now” replied the ant.
“Why worry about the winter? It’s only spring, and there are lots of food everywhere,” said the grasshopper. The grasshopper did not listen to ant. All through the spring, the grasshopper did nothing except eat, sleep and play. He became quite fat.
Then the summer came. Ants were busy collecting food for winter, but the grasshopper did nothing but eat, sleep and play. He became even fatter!. Later Autumn came. Ant advised grasshopper to collect food for winter but he didn’t listen. “Winter is not here yet, and when it comes, I am sure I will be able to find some food”. 
A few weeks later, winter came, and the snow began to fall. Just as the ants said, the snow was very deep. Ants were all snug(warm and comfortable)in their nest with lots of good food to eat. 
The grasshopper, however, had trouble finding food. He was very hungry and miserably cold all winter. By the time winter had ended. The grasshopper had learned a valuable lesson. Next spring onward, the grasshopper went out to gather food with the ant.

Moral Of the Story: 

  • Work today and you can the reap benefits tomorrow.
Popular Quote:
  • The Best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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9. The Wolf and the Goat

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The wolf and seven little goats story
Once there lived a goat with seven kids near a forest. Everyday the kids went to the forest to play. One day, the kids were noticed by a wolf. It secretly followed the kids to find their home. 
The next day, before leaving home the Goat told its kids to be alert and it would come back soon. Soon after the Goat left, the Fox reached the home. It called from outside, ” Kids open the door, Mommy is back”. The innocent Kids opened the door. The Wolf attacked the little ones. He ate six little goats.
His tummy was full, he burped and left home. When the mother returned, she was shocked to see the door open. The kids were nowhere to find. One of the little goat came running to his mother. He said everything that happened. The Mother goat went out searching for the Wolf. They saw him Sleeping under a tree
near the house.
The mother goat very quietly went near him and slit open his tummy and took her kids from the tummy and filled it with big stones and stitched it back with tread and needle.
The wolf was so thirsty when he wake up. He went near the well to drink water. The moment he bent down to drink water, he couldn’t handle the weight and felt into the well. Atlas the wolf died and the goats lived very

Moral Of the Story:  

  • Wicked ones are always punished in the end.
  • If you will be bad to others, bad happens to you too.
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10.The Bear and The Two Friends 

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Shyman and Ram were good friends. One day they were passing through a forest. On their way, they saw a bear coming towards them. Shyam ran and climbed up a nearby tree.
Ram did not know the skill of climbing a tree. But he Showed presence of mind. He had heard that wild animals do not hurt dead bodies.
So he lay down still on the ground. He closed his eyes and held back his breath. The bear came to Ram. He sniffed Ram’s Ears. He thought that the man was dead and went away.
When the bear was out of sight, Shyam climbed down the tree. He went to Ram and asked, “What did the bear tell you into your ear?”. Ram said, “The Bear told me to keep away from a selfish friend like you”.

Moral Of the Story: 

  • Friend in need is friend indeed.
  • Hard times will always reveal true friends
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