The Panchatantra moral stories are one of the most popular collections of animal-based fables. Originally written in Sanskrit, each of these fables has an associated moral. These stories are light, colourful and appropriate, even for tiny tots, and provide valuable lessons that stay in their minds forever. The legend about the origin of Panchatantra traces back into the times of King Amarashakti, who appointed a scholar named Vishnu Sharma to educate his three sons. Vishnu Sharma realised that conventional tools and techniques of teaching did not work well with these princes, and so, decided to teach them through stories, instead.
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Some scholars also believe that it was written in around 3 CE. Panchatantra stories are one of the most widely translated books in the history and are known for their wisdom on practical life.
The stories themselves are delightfully narrated, with animals and birds often being the central characters. Thus they provide valuable life lessons in a light-hearted manner. While some of the stories may not be appropriate for children in this age group, most of them appeal to early stage learners, due to the colorful characters.
Here we list the most famous stories from the Panchatantra for kids. The most popular and most widely narrated of the Panchatantra stories. Read the complete story here. Moral of the story: Choose your friends wisely. Kids love the monkey who saves his skin from a deceitful friend through quick thinking. The story teaches kids the importance of choosing the right friends and also possessing presence of mind.
Both of these are valuable lessons for your toddlers as they set out to meet their first friends at school. The Stork and the Crab An old stork finds an easier way of hunting fishes. He promises them that he will take them safely to a bigger lake, with lots of water; but instead carries them to a rock where he kills and eats them. However, he soon meets his match in the form of the crab. Read it here. Moral of the story: A sharp mind is the greatest strength.
Another story that teaches the importance of choosing the right friends and also the importance of the presence of mind. Kids will love the crab that turns a hero for all the fish in the tank by killing the bad stork. When the mongoose sees a snake coming to bite the infant, he attacks and kills the viper. She kills the mongoose in a fit of anger, only to realize her mistake later.
The message is conveyed in a brutal yet effective manner. Although kids rarely think before they act, it never harms to start teaching them this habit early. Once a poor Brahmin pious man is gifted a pot of flour. He returns home and daydreams about all that he will achieve with a pot of flour. Only to wake up in the end, and find himself surrounded by broken pieces of the earthen pot and covered in flour! Here is the complete tale. Moral of the story: Do not build castles in the air.
They will fall. The story is full of actions and sounds; enact it to your kids and they will love it. On a serious note, it will remind kids that hard work is more important than day-dreaming.
Union is Strength Long ago, there lived a flock of pigeons in a dense forest. How did they get out? By being united of course. Flap, flap your wings and fly away! Moral of the story: Unity is strength. This story is as much for adults as for kids, serving as a reminder that the greatest obstacles can be overcome by staying united.
Kids at this age have their first encounter with the outside world. You can stress how important it is to stay together and not discriminate. Moral of the story: Never trust a stranger, even though he may seem very friendly. The Tiger, The Brahmin and The Jackal Once a tiger promises a brahmin to set him free from his cage, promising him no harm.
But once free, the tiger tells the brahmin that he is hungry and would he should prepare for death. The brahmin asks a tree, a buffalo and a jackal. Find what happens next. The Elephants and the Mice A herd of elephants looking for water pass through a deserted city, populated only by mice.
The mice, afraid of being trampled by the large herd, request the elephants to take a different path, a request their leader graciously agrees. They gnaw at the ropes tying the elephants and set them free. Moral of the story: A friend in need is a friend indeed. Press NEXT to read more.
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