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Stories for Children: Belling the Cat

Team StoryWeavers|March 29, 2023, 16:48 IST|

belling the cat moral story for children

Belling the cat 

“Oh no!” Pottu exclaimed as he opened his grocery store. To his dismay, the newly bought sacks of grain had been bitten by mice. It meant that Pottu would have to suffer the losses yet again. Pottu was getting annoyed because this was the fourth time it had happened. To stop this, he got a cat, hoping that the cat would eat the mice and his problem would be solved. 

The cat did exactly what the cat was supposed to do. Pottu was happy, and the mice were sad because very few of them were left now. One of the young mice, Tuppu, started wondering how to save the mice from the cat. 

The mice feared the cat and looked forward to living in peace. Every mouse in the shop was excited when Tuppu called for a meeting to discuss the solution to their problem. Tuppu told them that the biggest issue was that the mice didn’t know when the cat was around. Tuppu then shared his plan of belling the cat. All the mice, except one, thought that it was a brilliant idea. The older, wise mouse first congratulated Tuppu on coming up with an amazing plan which would work if it succeeds. He then asked Tuppu one simple question, ‘Who will bell the cat and how?’ To that, Tuppu did not have an answer. As Tuppu thought about the answer, he realised that he also needed to think carefully about how to carry out the plan.

For a while, Tuppu and the other mice thought about belling the cat and considered several ways to do so. But there was a big problem: no one would go near the cat because it scared them. So, the plan to bell the cat was rejected, and the search for new solutions began.

Moral of belling the cat story

  • Some things are simpler to understand than they are to carry out.
  • Everything is easier said than done. Wanting something is easy. Saying something is easy. The challenge and the reward are in the doing. ― Steve Maraboli,

Thinking questions

  • Do you think it’s important to come up with ways to make things easier than they are now? Give two reasons. 
  • When was the last time you had a great idea but couldn’t make it happen? What was the reason?

Tips to carry out your ideas successfully

  • Think about what you’ll need to do to make your idea happen. Write down everything you would need, from participants to objects.
  • Think about what might get in the way of you putting your ideas into action. One of the best ways to improve your idea and make it better is to talk to family and friends about it.
  • Never give up! Think of other ways to solve your problem if one of your ideas doesn’t work or doesn’t seem possible. You will definitely find a better, faster and more amazing idea than the last one.

You may read other stories for children here

Did you like the story and the thinking questions? Did you learn something new or interesting? Let us know in the comments below. 

About the Author

“Me-kha-la!” That happens at least once when she introduces herself to new people. She wholeheartedly believes in the quote by Arthur Rubinstein that says – “if you love life, life will love you back”. She is an organizational psychologist and psychometrician. She was a class teacher of 36 adorable girls for two years, grades 2 & 3, as a part of the Teach For India Fellowship. These little girls have a special place in her heart, and when she writes for children, she writes for them!

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