Teach your children valuable lessons with these fun and entertaining tales.
Moral stories for kids are entertaining, but anecdotes that end with a lesson can help teach children how to be a good person.
Get started teaching your children compassion, respect, integrity and responsibility with these 22 moral stories:
- The Hare and the Tortoise
Recounting the road race between a rabbit and a turtle, The Hare and the Tortoise teaches children to keep trying and not to brag.
- The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a story about a boy who falsely accuses a wolf of trying to get his sheep. When a wolf really does come, no one believes him, thus teaching children honesty.
- The Ant and Grasshopper
Kids learn how to take responsibility for themselves in The Ant and Grasshopper, which describes a busy ant gathering food for the winter while a grasshopper plays and ends up hungry.
- The Lion and the Rabbit
Ideal for older children, The Lion and the Rabbit is about a lion who is eating all the forest animals. The rabbit’s turn to be eaten comes but he tricks the lion, teaching children that being smart is more important than being strong.
- The Monkey and the Crocodile
The Monkey and the Crocodile teaches children not to underestimate themselves through a story about a monkey who might have been fooled by a hungry crocodile had he not trusted his instincts.
- The Honest Wood Cutter
In The Honest Wood Cutter, kids learn that being honest often comes with a reward. The story recounts a woodcutter who lost his ax, but refused to steal someone else’s ax.
- The Wet Pants
Many children may be able to identify with The Wet Pants, a story about a boy who wet his pants and the girl who spilled water on him to save him from ridicule. The moral teaches children to help others.
- The Frog and the Ox
Little ones learn the dangers of bragging in The Frog and the Ox, which tells the story of a frog who thought so highly of himself that he actually burst.
- The Discontented Dog
Teach children to be content with The Discontented Dog, who wanted what other animals had until he realized how good he had it.
- The Lion and the Mouse
A perfect tale for little kids, The Lion and the Mouse tells the story of a lion with a thorn in his paw, which the mouse removes. The moral teaches children that no matter how small they are, they can still help others.
- Who Is Happy?
In Who Is Happy?, a crow wishes he had more colorful feathers before realizing that it’s better to be happy what with what you have.
- The Bear and the Two Friends
Teach your child to be loyal to friends with The Bear and the Two Friends.
- The Man and the Little Cat
In The Man and the Little Cat, a man tries to rescue a cat, despite being scratched repeatedly. This is one of the best moral stories for kids because it teaches kindness.
- The Selfish Horse
Teach your kids to help others with The Selfish Horse — a horse refuses to help a donkey, but ends up doing all the work.
- The Poor Man’s Wealth
Kids learn to be content with The Poor Man’s Wealth, in which a rich man gives a poor man money, but the money takes away the poor man’s peace.
- The Wise Old Man
Little readers learn to overcome bad habits with The Wise Old Man.
- Controlling Temper
Controlling Temper is about a boy who pounds a nail into a fence when he was angry. He learns that nails can be removed, but leave behind scars, which teaches children to be careful with their words.
- Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover
Teach kids not to judge others based on appearances with Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover, in which a pair of poor-looking parents visit Harvard to give a memorial to the school.
- The Bundle of Sticks
In The Bundle of Sticks, children learn to work together through an illustration of the strength of a bundle of sticks.
- The Other Side of the Wall
Help your kids understand that though they don’t always see the fruits of their efforts, others do, with The Other Side of the Wall.
- A Fox and a Crane
Illustrate the concept of “do unto others as you would have done to you” with A Fox and a Crane.
- Hard Work Always Pays
In Hard Work Always Pays, your child will learn the value of hard work through a story of a man pulling water from a well with a basket who ends up finding gold coins.
Sara Ipatenco is a former elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. Ipatenco holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree, both in child development and elementary education. Ipatenco has been published in “Teaching Tolerance” and “Family Fun” magazines.