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10 Lines Short Stories with Moral Values for Kids

By Mbanwie JobblingPublished 9 months ago 10 min read

1. The Ant and the Grasshopper | 10 line Short Story

In a lush green meadow, a diligent ant worked hard to store food for the upcoming winter. Every day, he toiled to gather and store grains, seeds, and nuts. While the ant worked, a playful grasshopper hopped around, singing and dancing, not caring about the future.

One day, the grasshopper asked the ant, “Why are you working so hard? Come, let’s play and enjoy life.” The ant replied, “Winter is coming, and I need to store food to survive. I cannot take a break.” The grasshopper laughed and continued to have fun.

As the winter arrived, the ant was warm and well-fed in his cozy home with his stored food. However, the grasshopper was shivering with hunger and cold. He went to the ant’s home and asked for food, but the ant replied, “I warned you about winter. You didn’t listen. Now, it’s too late.”

The grasshopper realized his mistake and regretted his actions. He learned that being lazy and careless can have dire consequences, and hard work and planning are essential for a better future.

Moral of the Story: The moral of the story is that hard work pays off, and it’s important to be prepared for the future. We should not waste time and always plan for the long term.

2. The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Once upon a time, in a small village, there was a boy named Jack. He was a mischievous boy who loved to play pranks on the villagers. One day, while tending his sheep, he decided to play a trick on the villagers. He shouted, “Wolf! Wolf! Help! Help!” The villagers came running to save the boy, but they found no wolf.

Jack thought it was hilarious, so he did it again and again on different days. Every time, the villagers would come running, but there was never a wolf. Soon, the villagers got tired of his pranks and stopped coming when he called for help.

One day, a real wolf attacked the sheep, and Jack called for help, but no one came. The wolf killed all the sheep, and Jack was left crying.

The villagers regretted not believing Jack and not coming to help him. They learned a valuable lesson to always take people seriously and not to be fooled by pranksters.

Moral of the Story: Honesty is the best policy. It’s not right to lie and trick people, and one day, it can backfire on you. People won’t believe you when you really need help if you’ve lied to them in the past. So, always be truthful and honest with people.

3. The Tortoise and the Hare

Once upon a time, in a forest, there lived a tortoise and a hare. The hare was very proud of his speed and often made fun of the tortoise for being slow. One day, the hare challenged the tortoise to a race, and the tortoise agreed.

The race started, and the hare quickly ran ahead, confident that he would win. But soon, he got tired and decided to take a nap. Meanwhile, the tortoise continued to move slowly and steadily towards the finish line.

When the hare woke up, he realized that the tortoise was almost at the finish line. He started running as fast as he could, but it was too late. The tortoise had won the race.

The hare learned a valuable lesson that day. He realized that being overconfident and underestimating others can lead to failure. He also learned that perseverance and hard work are important qualities to have.

Moral of the Story: “Slow and steady wins the race”. It’s not always the fastest or the strongest who win, but those who persevere and work hard. It’s important to never give up and to believe in oneself. Also, never underestimate others because they might surprise you with their abilities.

4. The Lion and the Mouse

Once upon a time, in a jungle, there lived a lion who was very proud of his strength. One day, while taking a nap, a tiny mouse ran over his face, waking him up. The lion was very angry and caught the mouse with his paw.

The mouse begged for mercy and promised to help the lion someday. The lion laughed at the mouse’s promise but decided to let him go.

Later, the lion was caught in a hunter’s trap. He roared for help, but no one came. Suddenly, the mouse appeared and started gnawing at the ropes of the trap. Soon, the lion was free.

The lion realized that even the smallest creatures can be helpful and kind. He learned a valuable lesson about the importance of treating others with kindness and respect.

Moral of the story: Kindness pays off. It’s important to treat others with kindness and respect, no matter how small or weak they may seem. You never know when you might need their help, and a little act of kindness can go a long way.

5. The Fox and the Grapes

Once upon a time, in a forest, there was a hungry fox. He saw a bunch of ripe grapes hanging from a vine and wanted to eat them. He tried to jump and grab the grapes, but they were too high.

The fox tried again and again but failed to reach the grapes. Finally, he gave up and walked away, saying, “Those grapes are probably sour anyway.”

The fox made himself believe that the grapes weren’t worth having. In reality, he was just making excuses for his failure. The fox could not accept that he was not able to reach the grapes.

The fox learned a valuable lesson that day. He realized that sometimes, when we can’t get what we want, we tend to make excuses and blame others for our failure. Instead, we should accept our shortcomings and work hard to overcome them.

Moral of the story: Don’t make excuses for failure. It’s important to work hard and persevere, even when things don’t go as planned. Making excuses will only hold us back from achieving our goals. If we can’t get something we want, it’s better to accept it and move on.

6. The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs

Once upon a time, there was a farmer who had a goose that laid golden eggs. Every day, the farmer would collect a golden egg from the goose and sell it in the market. He became very wealthy, but he became greedy and impatient. He wanted to get all the golden eggs at once, so he decided to cut open the goose’s stomach.

To his surprise, he found nothing inside the goose’s stomach. The farmer had killed the goose, thinking he could get all the golden eggs at once.

The farmer learned a valuable lesson that day. He realized that greed and impatience can lead to our downfall. We should be grateful for what we have and appreciate it. We should not try to take shortcuts or be greedy, as it can result in losing what we already have.

Moral of the story: Greed can lead to one’s downfall. It’s important to be patient, grateful, and content with what we have. We should not take shortcuts or be greedy, as it can result in losing what we already have.

7. The Frog and the Ox

Once upon a time, a frog saw an ox grazing in a field. The frog was impressed by the ox’s size and strength and wanted to be just like him. The frog hopped up to the ox and said, “You are so big and strong. Can you teach me to be like you?”

The ox looked at the tiny frog and said, “I’m sorry, but I don’t think I can teach you to be like me. You are just too small.”

The frog did not give up and insisted that he could be like the ox. The ox agreed to teach the frog a lesson and said, “All right. Take a deep breath and try to make yourself as big as possible.”


The frog took a deep breath and puffed himself up as big as he could. But he burst and died, unable to handle the strain.

The ox learned a valuable lesson that day. He realized that we should be content with who we are and not try to be something we’re not. We should appreciate our own unique qualities and not compare ourselves to others.

Moral of the story: Be content with who you are. It’s important to appreciate our own unique qualities and not compare ourselves to others. We should not try to be something we’re not and be happy with what we have.

8. The Crow and the Pitcher

Once upon a time, in a sunny meadow, a thirsty crow searched for water. She looked here and there, but all she could find was an empty pitcher. She tried to tip it over, but it was too heavy for her.

The crow thought for a while and then had a bright idea. She picked up small pebbles and dropped them into the pitcher one by one. As she dropped each stone, the water level in the pitcher rose, and soon enough, the crow quenched her thirst.

Moral of the Story :The moral of the story is that even when things seem impossible, with a little bit of thinking and effort, we can find a way to make them possible. It’s important to never give up and to always keep trying new things.

9. The Wind and the Sun

Once upon a time, the Wind and the Sun were arguing over who was stronger. The Wind said, “I am stronger than you because I can blow over trees and houses!” The Sun replied, “I am stronger because I can make people warm and happy with my rays.”

To settle their argument, they decided to have a contest. They saw a man walking along the road wearing a coat. The Wind said, “I’ll make him take off his coat!” The Sun said, “I’ll make him take off his coat without blowing it away.”

The Wind started blowing as hard as he could. He blew so hard that the man’s coat flapped around his body, but the man just held it tightly and kept walking. The Wind became exhausted and gave up. The Sun then came out from behind a cloud and shone his warm rays on the man. The man immediately started feeling warm and took off his coat.

Moral of the Story :The moral of the story is that kindness and warmth are more powerful than force and aggression. This is a lesson that we can apply to our lives in many ways.

10. The Emperor’s New Clothes

Once upon a time, there was an Emperor who loved new clothes. He spent all his money on clothes and ignored his duties as a ruler. Two clever weavers took advantage of the Emperor’s obsession and promised to make him a suit of clothes that would be invisible to anyone who was unfit for their position or was foolish.

The weavers pretended to weave the suit of clothes and presented it to the Emperor. The Emperor, afraid of being seen as foolish, pretended to see the clothes and praised them. The Emperor’s advisors and subjects also pretended to see the clothes, afraid of being seen as unfit or foolish.

Finally, the Emperor wore the new suit of clothes in a grand procession. Everyone pretended to see the clothes, except for one little boy who cried out, “But the Emperor is naked!”

The Emperor was embarrassed but learned a valuable lesson. He realized that he had been foolish to believe in something that wasn’t real and that he needed to focus on his duties as a ruler.

Moral of the Story: The moral of the story is that it’s important to be honest and not be afraid to speak the truth, even if it means going against the crowd. We should never pretend to believe in something that isn’t real or go along with others just to fit in. It’s important to stand up for what we believe in, even if it means being different from everyone else.

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