11 Inspirational & Motivational Stories with morals For Children

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What is better than reading a good story? It is curling up with your little kid and then, reading a good story. Isn’t it? Children love stories, and if it is a story involving a lot of drama but still having a lesson to learn, they would love it even more. Inspirational and motivational stories for kids leave a lasting impression on them and help them learn some useful lessons.

In this post, MomJunction has compiled 11 inspiring and motivational stories for kids to enjoy their life lessons.

6 Best Inspirational Stories With Morals For Kids

Children love story sessions. But to leave them awestruck, narration must be thrilling and entertaining at the same time. Here are some of the top inspirational stories you can tell your children.

1. A group of frogs

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A colony of frogs is traveling across a forest in search of a pond. While hopping around, two frogs fall into a deep pit. The other frogs gather around the pit and express their concern over the situation. As the two frogs try to jump out of the deep pit, the other frogs discourage them by saying how impossible it is to jump out.

The two frogs choose to ignore the demotivating words of others and decide to jump out of the pit. They try very hard and put in all their efforts to come out of the pit while the frogs watching from the top tell them to give up.

Eventually, one among them is influenced by the other frogs and dies as it gives up on the struggle to come out of the pit. The other frog continues to jump as hard as it can.

After an immense struggle, it finally comes out of the pit alive. Other frogs are surprised and ask how it managed to come up in spite of them telling it to give up. The frog explains that it is deaf and assumed that everyone was cheering for it.

Moral of the story:

People’s words have a significant impact on our lives. But it is essential as to how we take them and influence our life.

2. Dream big

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Lily is a little girl, who is shy and reserved. But she enjoys playing soccer. Her friends and classmates ridicule Lily for her interest in soccer. Nonetheless, she is determined to pursue her passion and become a successful soccer player.

Every day, after returning from school, Lily quickly finishes her homework and practices soccer. Her mother understands the love Lily has for the sport and supports her in every way.

When the interschool competitions are announced at the school, Lily decides to participate. She takes part in the selection trials, and her classmates mock her once again. But they are shocked when Lily performs well and the judges select her to represent the school. Lily’s commitment and hard work mute every person who mocked her.

Moral of the story:

Determination, strong will, and focus can help you achieve even the toughest of goals, in spite of ridicule by others.

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3. You are as brave as you think

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A mahout uses elephants to conduct circus shows. He has five elephants and keeps them chained through a single rope held not so tight. As the elephants are huge and strong, they could have broken the rope and escaped.

One day, a man who visits the circus, asks the mahout why the elephants are not trying to escape when the rope is not strong enough to hold them. The man is amazed to hear the reply: the mahout says, since their young years, the elephants have been conditioned to believe they were not capable of breaking the rope and they lacked the strength. And that is the reason why these elephants never tried to escape.

Moral of the story:

Our limitations and strengths lie within us. We can achieve anything if we believe we can achieve.

4. Potato, egg and coffee beans

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A little boy named John lives in a beautiful home with his parents. One day, his father finds him crying and asks if something is wrong. John says meekly, “I have so many problems in life,” and talks about his ‘problems’.

John’s father patiently listens to him. Then he brings a bowl and places a potato, an egg and some coffee beans in it. He asks John to touch and feel the ingredients in the bowl, and tell what he feels about them. John describes how he feels about each of them on touching.

The father smiles and asks John to place them all in three different bowls and pour water in them. He then boils them all. After a few minutes, the father turns off the stove and places all the bowls on the counter to cool them down.

When they have cooled down, John’s father asks him to touch them once again and feel the egg, potato, and coffee beans. John has a different answer this time. And he says, the potato’s skin is easier to peel as it has turned very soft, the egg has hardened, and there is a fresh coffee aroma coming from the beans.

Listening to John, his father smiles and tells him how the potato, egg, and coffee beans reacted to adverse situations. The potato has become soft, the egg turned very strong, and the coffee beans have changed their form completely during their testing time in the boiling water.

Moral of the story:

Problems are a part of life. How we react to them makes us a better individual.

5. The valuable gift

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A young boy named John longs to have a bicycle of his own and ride it everywhere he goes. But his father does not earn enough to buy a bicycle for him.

One day, while on his way to school, John sees a boy riding a sturdy cycle. While taking a turn, the cycle skids, and the young boy gets badly hurt. John rushes to help and takes him to a doctor for first aid. Later, he helps the boy to get home.

The boy belongs to a wealthy family, and his parents see John helping their son. As a reward for his kindness, they present John with a new bicycle.

Moral of the story:

Be kind and always help others in need and it will come back to you.

6. Hard work is the key to success

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In a faraway village, lives a hardworking farmer who has grape fields. Year after year his grapery gives rich harvest, and the farmer becomes very successful. He has three sons, who are young and energetic but never bother to work. As the farmer grows old, he begins to worry about his sons’ future.

Then he falls very ill and realizes his death is fast approaching. He calls the sons and tells them,

“Dear sons, I see my death nearing me, but before I bid goodbye to all of you, I want to share a secret. There is a treasure hidden under the fields. Dig the entire field after my death, to find it.”

The old farmer dies, and his sons perform the last rites. The sons begin to dig for the treasure without leaving any part of the field but find nothing. However, their digging of the field leads to a healthy crop and results in huge earnings. These earnings make the sons realize what their father meant.

Moral of the story:

Hard work always pays off. Fruits of hard work are always sweet whether or not they are in the form you desire.

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5 Best Motivational Stories With Morals For Kids

There are plenty of ways to motivate children and channel their energies in the right direction. One such way is to read them motivating stories. Here are some of the best motivational stories to encourage your little one:

7. Dove and the bee

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On the banks of a river, there is a tree where a swarm of bees set up their beehive. They remain busy the entire day buzzing on flowers and collecting honey. One fine day, a bee feels thirsty and goes to the river to drink some water. As the bee tries to drink, a wave of the current sweeps it away. The bee starts drowning.

Fortunately, a beautiful dove, who has been watching from a distance, rushes to help the poor bee. She plucks a big leaf from a tree and flies towards the bee. The dove places the leaf near the bee. The bee mounts on the leaf and dries its wings. In some time, the bee finds the strength to fly away to safety.

A couple of weeks later, the dove is caught in a dangerous situation. As she is sitting on the branch of a tree, an archer targets at her. The dove looks for an escape but sees a large hawk hovering around her.

That’s when her good deed returns to her. The bee comes to her rescue by stinging the archer hard. By then the archer releases the arrow, which misses the dove and hits the hawk, instead. The dove flies away to safety.

Moral of the story:

Good always comes back.

8. A butterfly’s struggle

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One day, a man finds a butterfly emerging from its cocoon. He sits there and watches the butterfly struggle to come out through the tiny opening. After a while, he decides to help the butterfly when he sees it is not moving.

Using a pair of scissors, the man snips off the cocoon and opens it fully. The butterfly emerges out easily but it has a swollen body and undeveloped wings. The man waits patiently to see the wings grow and tries to nurse the butterfly but in vain.

The butterfly spends the rest of her short life, struggling to fly and crawling around. The man tried to do a good deed without realizing that some struggles are important in life. Nature has designed the butterfly’s body to struggle before it can fly.

Moral of the story:

The struggles and hardships in life shape our personality. They make us courageous and independent.

9. Shake it off

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On an unfortunate day, a man’s favorite donkey falls off a large cliff. He tries to pull the donkey out, but all his efforts go in vain. Disheartened, the man decides to bury the poor donkey.

He starts to pour soil and sand from above. The donkey, which is stuck down, feels the load of the soil and shakes it off his body. The man pours the soil again. And, once again the donkey shakes it off. The man notices that the donkey is shaking off the soil and is steeping on the soil bed, which is acting as a form of elevation. He realizes the donkey is slowly inching closer to the top. With every load of soil that is poured, the donkey rises higher.

Several hours pass by, and the man continues to pour the soil until the donkey is united with him again.

Moral of the story:

Face your hardships courageously as no problem is big enough to stop you from rising.

10. Three friends and a fisherman

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A large pond has many fishes living in it. Of all these fishes, three are best friends, who are always together. They never leave the side of each other.

One day, a fisherman comes to this pond. Seeing lots of fishes, he invites other fishermen to cast nets. The three fishes worry about getting caught and killed by the fishermen.

The wise fish amongst them says, “We must find another pond and quickly move from here.” While one fish agrees, the other one is reluctant as he feels that this pond is their home. He says, “We should not behave cowardly, this pond is our home.”

The other two fish try hard to convince their friend, but they fail. So they decide to part ways and leave in search of a new pond. On the following day, when the fishermen arrive, the fish, who was unwilling to leave, gets caught and dies.

Moral of the story:

Always look at the bigger picture and let go of temporary attachments in crisis situations.

11. Value and self-worth

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At a workshop for students, a motivational speaker begins his speech by showing a twenty dollar note. He asks, “Who wants this $20 note?”

On seeing everyone raise their hands, the speaker crushes the note. And he asks again, “Who would still like to have it?”

Once again, everyone in the hall raises their hands. Eventually, the speaker throws the twenty dollar note on the floor and stamps on it with his shoes. He picks it up and asks again if anyone wants it now?

All the hands go up.

He concludes by saying, no matter what he does to the note, it is still desirable as there is no decrease in its value.

Moral of the story:

No matter how difficult life circumstances get, we should never lose our self-confidence. Our worth should never be impacted by the hardships in life.

[ Read: The Lion And The Hare’ Story For Kids ]

Motivational stories take us to a new world and expand our creative horizons. Stories leave a lot to our imagination, and that is something which makes reading stories all the more interesting.

Which of these inspirational stories did your child like the most? Tell us in the comments section below.

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