Ideas for a Fable With Morals
Fables have been told to children for centuries. The majority of fables use animals that talk, and they are usually used as teaching tools. A fable's moral usually consists of a negative outcome for making the wrong decision. One easy way to create a fable with a moral is to think back into your own life lessons and put animals in the place of the humans involved.
The Chipmunk Who Wasn't Prepared
Teach your children to be prepared for things in the future. Along with the benefits of preparedness, the value of hard work, or work before you play is also taught in this story that is an idea for a fable about a squirrel and a chipmunk.
The chipmunk plays all day in the warm and sunny weather, and every day he passes a squirrel who is busy gather acorns and nuts. Each day, the chipmunk asks the squirrel to play with him, but the wise squirrel is getting ready for winter when food is no longer available.
The chipmunk tells the squirrel he has plenty of time to do that and goes on with his playtime every day. The chipmunk continues with his play until one day he wakes up and there is snow everywhere. He has no food stored up so he makes his way out to find food, and there is very little.
The little squirrel stays warm in his house all winter, while the chipmunk makes his way out in the freezing cold every day, only to find a tiny morsel after hours of searching. The chipmunk has a long, cold hungry winter, just the opposite of the squirrel who is snug, warm and well-fed.
The moral of this story is to be prepared for the future and work comes first before play.
The Lonely Sister Cat
A fable to teach the value of siblings can start off with three kittens who are sisters. One of the kittens thinks she is too good to play with her sister kittens and would rather play with neighbor kittens that are her friends. She does this all through school and never takes the time to be with her sisters despite their asking her to join them in sister outings.
Until one day all her friend kittens move away or get mates and are busy with new baby kittens of their own and cannot play with the snobby sister cat anymore. The snobby sister cat watches as her two sister cats are very close, and they are never lonely because they have each other. Each time the snobby sister wants to join in now they have made other plans and belong to clubs together that she is not a member of, so the snobby cat is alone. The snobby sister cat realizes how much she missed out on and how lonely she is now.
The moral of this fable: it is good to have friends, but there is nothing like family.
The Duck Who Was Afraid of Water
Teach your kids to overcome their irrational fears so they don't miss out on what life has to offer with a fable about three ducklings. The three ducklings are friends and swim and splash in the water all day. They have fun together until one duckling gets his leg tangled up in the marsh grasses and he is stuck.
He stays stuck for a long time until the bigger ducks come and rescue him. After that, the duck is afraid to go in the water and misses out on the swimming and traveling around the big lake. He just stays on shore and is bored. Each day, the duckling friends come back with great stories of things they did that he missed because he was afraid to go back into the water.
One day, the duckling, who is now a big duck, is alone on the shore when a little duckling gets his leg stuck in the underwater marsh grass, just the way he did years ago. He is afraid of the water but knows he has to save the duckling because a big mean bird is circling above to snatch him up.
The big duck, who is afraid of the water, jumps in and swims out to save the duckling. On the way back to shore, he realizes how much he loves the water. Back on shore, he starts to think about all the great adventures his friends had that he didn't because of his irrational life-long fear.
The moral of this story is do not let your fears hold you back, for you will miss out on life's adventures.
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Roz Zurko is a full time freelance writer who lives in Westfield, Massachusetts. She has been writing for 22 years and is published on several internet literary sites and in The Westfield Evening News. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of New Haven and Westfield State College.