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12 Inspirational Animal Stories for Kids

12 Inspirational Animal Stories for Kids

We all know that stories are like seeds that plant the roots of imagination and growth in children’s minds. Stories let the child learn valuable life lessons and develop understanding for others. 

Kids love animal stories not just because they are fun and interesting, but also because they can dive into the exciting world of animals and their adventures. Animal stories are just like a piece of cake, these stories are sweet, satisfying, and leave you craving for more!

Here are 12 inspirational animal stories for kids with lessons they will love to hear and enjoy:
1. Two Cats And A Monkey:

Two cats found a piece of cake and started fighting over it. A monkey who passing by offered to help and divided the cake into two pieces. But each time the monkey took a bite from one of the pieces, he claimed it was bigger. He kept doing this until there was no cake left, leaving the cats with nothing.

Moral: We must learn to share what we have.

Application: This can be applied to solve problems by working together and find solutions that help everyone. Children can learn the importance of sharing and being fair. It also teaches that it’s not good to be greedy and selfish like the monkey. 

2. A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing:

A wolf dressed as a sheep tried to trick the flock to eat them. The shepherd saw through the disguise and saved the sheep.

Moral: things are not always what they seem.

Application: This story is a good example to be careful of hidden dangers and not trust things by how they look. The Wolf’s evil deeds can teach children that it is bad to think about harming others. 

3. The Tortoise And The Hare:

In a forest, a fast rabbit challenged a slow tortoise to a race. The rabbit sped ahead but stopped to rest, while the tortoise kept going. Slowly, the tortoise passed the sleeping rabbit and won the race.

Moral: Slow and steady wins the race.

Application: This story tells us that when we try hard and never give up, we can succeed no matter how tough things seem. Like the tortoise in the race, if we keep going, we can win in the end. Just stay focused on your goals. 

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4. Three Little Pigs:

Three little pigs build houses. The first pig built a house of straw. The second pig built a house of sticks. The third pig built a house of bricks. Wolf blows down straw and stick houses, but not the brick house. 

Moral: Hard work pays off.

Application: The story teaches us to be smart like the third pig, who built a strong house. It’s better to do things right than to take shortcuts.

5. A Fox And The Grapes:

Once, a hungry fox saw a bunch of juicy grapes hanging from a vine. He wanted to eat them, so he jumped and tried to reach them.  After many failed attempts, the fox gave up and walked away, saying, “Those grapes are probably sour anyway.”

Moral: It's easy to dislike what you cannot get.

Application: Keep trying, even if you fail at first. It’s important to accept defeat gracefully and learn from your mistakes instead of blaming others.

6. The Ugly Duckling:

Once, a duckling was born and looked different from others. The other animals teased him. He left and found some swans who accepted him. He realized he was a swan all along. 

Moral: Appearances are misleading. True beauty is what's inside, not just outside.

Application: It teaches children to accept people for their qualities, their values, their friendship, and their humility and that it is not fair to judge others based on their appearance. Everyone is beautiful as the way they are.

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7. A Thirsty Crow:

Once, a thirsty crow found a pitcher with a little water at the bottom. He tried to drink it, but his beak couldn’t reach. The crow thought for a while and then started dropping pebbles into the pitcher one by one. As more pebbles filled the pitcher, the water level rose, and the crow could drink the water.

Moral: Need is the mother of all inventions.

Application: The crow teaches us to never give up when things are hard. Keep trying, be smart, and use your creativity to solve problems.

8. The Clever Monkey:

A monkey and a crocodile were friends. The crocodile’s wife wanted to eat the monkey’s heart to get well. The monkey tricked the crocodile and escaped.

Moral: Being clever and quick can help you solve problems.

Application: The story highlights the value of true friendship, which is based on trust, honesty, and mutual respect. It teaches us that while it’s important to be friendly and kind to others, we should also be careful of whom to trust, be aware of dangers and not get fooled by false friends. We must think before we do anything.

Just like the monkey who outsmarted the crocodile, we should be able to protect ourselves from harm.

9. The Ant And The Grasshopper:

A hardworking ant works with great efforts all summer, storing food for winter. The lazy grasshopper likes to play and sing all days. During winter, the hungry grasshopper begs the ant for food and shelter but the ant refuses to help because the grasshopper didn’t work. 

Moral: It's important to use your time wisely and work hard.

Application: The behaviour of ant can encourage children to develop good habits such as working hard, saving for the future, and being prepared for challenges. They can learn from the grasshopper, that they should not be lazy.

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10. The Lazy Donkey:

A donkey falls into a river on purpose to avoid work. His master puts a sack of cotton on his back, which becomes heavier when wet.

Moral: Don’t find ways to avoid your work. It is better to be honest and hardworking.

Application: Children can learn to not find different ways to avoid the work or responsibilities. Instead, it’s better to face challenges head-on and work hard to achieve our goals.

11. The Lion And The Mouse:

A lion catches a mouse but decides to let him go. Later, he gets caught by the hunters and the mouse helps free the lion from a net. 

Moral: Kindness is never wasted.

Application: It can teach children that a small act of kindness can have a big impact and that we should always be ready to help others in need, as we never know when we might need help ourselves.

12. The Two Goats:

Two goats meet on a narrow bridge. They both try to cross at the same time, start fighting and fall into the river. Later, two more goats came to the bridge from different sides. The smart goat lay down on the bridge, and the other goat walked over it. This way, they both passed each other and continued on their paths.

Moral: It's better to work together and take turns rather than rushing and causing problems.

Application: The story of the two goats teaches kids to work together, be patient, and think about others. It shows that sharing and taking turns can make things better for everyone. Hope you enjoyed these 12 stories. Let us know what your kids felt about these stories!

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Ashita Gunjikar

Ashita Gunjikar is an M.Tech graduate, a dynamic educator with over 8 years of teaching experience. She is passionate about writing and content creation.She has received awards like 'Best Mentor' , 'Wow Teacher' and 'Educator of the month' for her great work in education. She has a unique way of making even the most complex topics easy to understand. Her ability to bring fun and excitement to each session is remarkable.

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