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  • Start Instilling Good Values With These Entertaining Short Stories for Toddlers

    Tired of the typical bedtime stories? Try these fun short stories!
    by Kate Borbon .
Start Instilling Good Values With These Entertaining Short Stories for Toddlers
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  • For many kids, reading bedtime stories with their parents is the best part of their nightly routines. But if you want to try read other than the typical storybooks, why not go for toddler short stories that follow unique tales and share moral lessons?

    Toddler short stories to read to your child during bedtime

    Eventually, your toddler might start looking for stories that are a bit more complicated and get the wheels in his head turning. Here are six examples of toddler short stories that are both compelling and will help foster precious pieces of wisdom in your child.

    Midas and the Golden Touch

    A classic children’s story, Midas and the Golden Touch revolves around a greedy ancient Greek king named Midas. There is one thing he loves more than anything in the world: gold.

    When a god appeared before him saying that he would grand Midas’ heart’s desire for doing a good deed, Midas replied that he wished everything he touched would turn to gold. The god granted Midas’ wish. Midas became extremely excited and went about touching everything he could see and turned them into gold.

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    Later, Midas became hungry, but when he touched his food, it turned to gold, so he couldn’t eat it. Because of this, he became hungry and dismayed. When his daughter saw that her father was upset, she hugged him, but she also turned into gold. When Midas saw this, he was horrified and instantly regretted asking the god to make everything he touched turn to gold, finally realizing that gold is not the most important thing in the world.

    Crying, Midas approached the god and begged for his wish to be taken back. Thankfully, the god took pity on Midas and instructed him to swim in the river near his palace. The god also told him to fill a pitcher with water from the river and sprinkle it onto the things that turned to gold. When Midas’ daughter turned back to normal, Midas was overjoyed and stopped being greedy for gold.

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    • Moral of the story: Material possessions are not the most valuable thing in the world — family is!

    The Monkey and the Turtle

    This fable, written by the hero Dr. Jose Rizal, follows a monkey and a turtle who are friends. One day, they found a banana plant floating on the water and decided to split it and plant their portions. Deciding that the top half of the banana plant was better, the monkey took this portion and planted it, but was disappointed when it eventually died. Meanwhile, the turtle took the bottom part of the banana plant and planted it, and was rewarded with a brand new tree that bore much fruit.

    Because the turtle was unable to climb the tree and harvest the bananas, it asked the monkey to do that for him. However, the monkey ate all the fruits, leaving none for the turtle. To get back at the monkey, the turtle placed sharp shells around the tree so that the monkey would hurt its feet when it went down. The monkey also took revenge by throwing the turtle into the lake. Despite this, the turtle was able to swim to the surface, which made the monkey very angry.

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    • Moral of the story: Don’t underestimate or take advantage of others, even if you think you are better than them. Also, don’t be selfish!
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    The Necklace and the Comb

    Lots of Filipino folk tales attempt to tell how certain natural phenomena came to be in interesting and unique ways. One example is The Necklace and the Comb, which follows a girl named Inday, a beautiful girl with long, silky hair. Maria used a silver crescent-shaped comb to brush her hair and keep it looking good. Because she was so preoccupied with her beauty, Maria would also wear a jeweled necklace while she was working.

    One day, while she was husking rice with a mortar and pestle, Maria kept the silver comb in her hair and the necklace around her neck. Her mother told her to set the jewelry aside while she worked, so Maria placed them on a cloud so they wouldn’t get ruined. However, as she pounded on the rice with the pestle, she failed to notice that the other end of the pestle also pushed the cloud higher up the sky, so that her precious jewelry ended up floating in the air. Her silver comb eventually became the moon, and her jeweled necklace became the stars.

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    • Moral of the story: Don’t be too preoccupied with your looks. When you need to work, prioritize work!

    Why the Piña Has a Hundred Eyes

    Another well-known Filipino folk tale, this story follows a girl named Pinang, who is adorable but lazy. One day, Pinang’s mother asked her to cook, but because Pinang was lazy, she ignored her mother’s request. Later, when she finally went to cook, she complained that she couldn’t find any of the things she needed to cook. Frustrated, Pinang’s mom wished that her daughter would grow a hundred eyes so that she would stop being lazy and find everything she needed to use.

    Suddenly, Pinang disappeared. As her mother and the rest of their community looked for Pinang, a strange plant covered in eyes grew in their backyard.. Pinang’s mother realized that the plant was her daughter, so she gave it the name ‘pineapple’ or ‘pinya’ in Filipino.

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    • Moral of the story: The story shows kids how important it is to follow their parents’ instructions. It also encourages parents to be mindful of the way they interact with their children.
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    The Ant and the Grasshopper

    There were an ant and a grasshopper who were good friends. While the grasshopper preferred to spend its days lying down and playing his guitar, the ant would always work hard collecting food. The grasshopper told the ant to take a break every day, but the ant wouldn’t listen to him.

    When winter came, it became difficult for animals to go out and look for food. Because it didn’t have any food in stock, the grasshopper became very hungry. However, the ant was able to spend the winter without worrying because it had a stable supply of food in its home.

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    • Moral of the story: Save money and resources so when you can get so that when things become tight, you will not have to worry about anything. This story can allow your child to see why it is so vital for mom and dad to work, and appreciate what you do for him!

    The Needle Tree

    Last in this selection of toddler short stories is The Needle Tree, a sweet story about two brothers who live near a forest. The elder brother treated his younger brother horribly; he would eat all the food and take his sibling’s good clothes. One day, while walking around the forest and cutting off branches of countless trees, the elder brother came across a magical tree which asked him not to cut off its branches in exchange for golden apples.

    The boy agreed, but because he was disappointed with the number of apples the tree gave him, he decided to cut off the tree’s branches anyway in an attempt to get more apples. The tree put hundreds of tiny needles on the boy’s body, which made him fall to the forest floor and cry out in pain.

    Meanwhile, the younger brother went around in search of his older brother and found him lying near the magical tree with needles stuck all over his body. The younger brother immediately went about carefully removing the needles from the older boy’s body. Later, the elder brother apologized to his younger sibling for treating him horribly and promised not to do that again. When it saw the change in the elder brother, the magical tree gave the two boys all the apples they wanted.

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    • Moral of the story: Don’t take advantage of nature just so you can get what you want, and always treat your siblings with love and respect.
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