Short Stories for Kids on Sharing and Problem Solving

Short Story on Importance of Sharing

Once in a big city there lived a toy maker. He had a daughter by name Anne. She was six years old. Was a cheerful girl. The toy maker decided to make beautiful toys for her and gift it on her birthday. He wanted to make her birthday a very special one and also wanted to earn name and fame for the kind of toys he made.

He started to work day and night! he designed beautiful and unique toys. The kind of toys he made was found nowhere in that city. He gathered equipment and materials from different countries paying a lot of money to build beautiful toys.

Finally, the toys were ready. On her birthday, he arranged it in a glorious manner and presented it in front of everyone. Everyone started to praise him seeing the designs, model, creativity behind the toy making. He proudly presented the whole lot toys to his daughter. She too was overjoyed. She immediately called all her friends and started to play with toys. Seeing her friends playing, the toy maker felt irked. Later in the night he asked his daughter not to share any of her toys with her friends. He said that he had made those toys only for her to play and enjoy.

A few days passed, he observed that his daughter looked very dull. He was surprised. He thought that he had made the best toys in the world for his daughter so that she could play and enjoy. When he asked his daughter, she said there is no fun in having so many toys without anyone to play with! None of them make her happy. She pleaded him to allow her to share those toys with her friends. Unwillingly he agreed.

To his surprise, he saw a drastic change in his daughter’s behaviour! She was very happy and so were her friends. Every friend of her praised him for the  toys. He realised that it was not the toys which made her happy but playing with others made her happy.

From then on, he never objected his daughter to share her toys.

Parenting Takeaway:

We often think that we are happy because of the things that we have with us. But actually, we can be happy only if we are with the people we like. Sharing our things is sharing and spreading happiness. This is how we can convert money and materials into happiness.  

 

Short story on changing oneslef before changing others

Once upon a time there was a king. He was very prosperous. He was a  great warrior too. He had a large army of soldiers, elephants and horses.

After returning from a winning war! he fell sick. His leg was also injured. After a lengthy medication, the doctor advised him to go for a walk every so that he  could gain  strength in his legs. As per the advice, the king started to walk every day. But the walking path was not well - maintained. He complained to the welfare minister and asked to make the path smoother. The welfare minister asked the servants to clear the stones and thorns on the walking path. But the king was not satisfied. He again complained that the road was not smooth. He asked the minister to spread flowers throughout the walking path so that it become easy for him to walk. The minister was worried. If they had to cover the path with flowers, then they had to pluck hundreds of flowers from the surrounding areas which would have an impact on the trees and garden.

Hesitatingly the minister politely pleaded to the king that, instead of laying tonnes flowers on the road, if the king could simply change his pair of shoes, it would solve the problem. After taking the advice, the king changed his shoes. It really worked! It solved all the problems too.

Parenting takeaway:

Sometimes we may have more than one solution to a problem, then we have to opt for the one which is convenient; the one which does not affect other things as well.Also, we should keep in mind that, just to make ourselves comfortable we should not give trouble to others. We should consider others choices and things which are related to the options before choosing.

These short stories are meant as conversation starters with kids on various topics. Do take a look at our conversation starter Posters

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Smitha Prasad is a budding writer who writes articles and short stories for kids. She believes that childhood is the right age to inculcate the right values in kids. It helps them to develop into confident adults.  She designs and runs a kid’s magazine called A LITTLE MORE-An Engaging booklet, through which she tries to reach kids that helps kids stay away from screen, build conversations and build the right mindset in kids 


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