Telling stories is a great way to inculcate values, morals and good virtues in children. Find about the top 15 stories that you must tell your children to cultivate good values and virtues in them.
Children love to hear stories especially from their parents and their grandparents. It is very easy to entertain them through these stories of different types and at the same time these stories teach them important values of life. Stories of Panchatantra, Jataka Tales, Aesop’s Fables and Fairy tales are all-time favourite stories of children. Given here are the Top 15 stories that we must tell our children.
1. Why Is the Camel’s Neck Crooked?
This story of Akbar and Birbal not only shows the intelligence of Birbal but also teaches how meticulously we can remind one about a promise that one has made but forgot to keep. One day when Akbar and Birbal were walking along the banks of River Yamuna, Akbar saw a camel and asked why its neck is crooked. Birbal took no time to answer that the camel got punishment for not keeping its promise which reminded Akbar that he also forgot to keep his promise made to Birbal.
2. Unity Is Strength
No other story could have taught the importance of unity than that of the story of Doves and mouse in Panchatantra. When a flock of doves along with their king got caught in a net they decided to fly together along with the net. They then went to a mouse who helped them by cuttingthe net and freeing them.
3. The Lion And The Rabbit
The story of the lion and rabbit from Panchatantra teaches our kids that no one is small. A small rabbit had punished the lion with its intelligence. The lion mistook its own reflection in the water to be another lion and plunged into the well and got killed.
4. The Musical Donkey
The story of a musical donkey and the jackal teaches our kids how they can land up into trouble if they do not listen to good advice. The donkey landed into trouble when it started singing while it was eating cucumbers from a garden.
5. The Golden Goose
This Jataka Tale teaches lots of good things like friendship, loyalty, and kindness. It also teaches about the duties of a great and noble king.
6. The Noble Stag
This story of noble stag from the Jataka Tales depicts how a noble stag could change King Brahmadutta into a generous and just king. The king had even passed the test that was taken by the King of Heaven Sakka.
7. Killing of Kansha by Krishna
Children like to listen to mythological stories. The returning of Lord Krishna to Mathura and then killing his maternal uncle Kansha is an all-time favourite for the children. This story teaches how good always wins over evil.
8. The Crows and the Black Snake
This story from Panchatantra is about a mother crow, a father crow and a black snake. With the suggestion of a wise fox, the crows were able to teach a lesson to the black snake that started living in the same tree the crows were living. The snake tried to harm the baby crows so parents wanted to teach him a memorable lesson.
9. The Wolf and The Crane
His story teaches us not to expect any reward when we are serving a wicked person. A crane helped a wicked wolf by taking out the bone that got stuck in the neck of the wolf but the wolf refused to pay him the reward that he promised.
10. Prince Rama Finds a Wife
This mythological story of Prince Rama’s marriage to Princess Sita is a favourite one for the kids. They like to listen to how a grand Swayamvar Sabha was arranged for Sita’s marriage. Out of all the prices that were there, only Prince Rama could put a string in the bow and broke it into two pieces and got married to Sita.
11. The Greedy Lion
This story teaches us to be satisfied with what we have and not let greediness force us to make stupid decisions that we might regret later. The greedy lion let go of one hare because of the greed for a bigger reward.
12. Two Friends and the Bear
This is a story of two friends and how one of them betrays the other during a crisis. This story teaches us, “a friend in need is a friend indeed”. We must learn the importance of picking the right friends who genuinely care about us.
13. The Lion and The Poor Slave
This story is about a slave who ran away from his cruel master. He helped a lion who was injured and the lion after a few days saved the slave’s life in return. This story teaches us about good “Karma”. If we do something nice for someone, we will be rewarded for our kindness.
14. The Foolish Donkey
This is a story of a donkey who played a trick on his master. His master figured the trick out and instead started playing a trick back on the donkey. The donkey learned his lesson and started working truthfully. This story teaches us that hard work is the only key to success and that luck will not always be in our favour.
15. Three Sons and a Bundle of Sticks
This story of a father and his three sons teaches us that when we try and solve problems in life, it’s easier when we work as a team. A team is stronger than a single person.
These stories teach important values and morals of life to your children. They must hear these stories from you, so they can grow up to be kind, caring and helpful.
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