Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORIES The boasting traveller

A man came back from a tour and boasted about his adventurous journeys. He talked at length about the different people he met and his amazing feats that got him fame and praise from people everywhere. 

He went on to say that he went to the Rhodes where he had leaped to such distances that no man could ever match his feat.

He even went on to say that there were witnesses who would vouch for his words. Hearing the man boast so much, a smart bystander said, “Oh good man, we do not need any witnesses to believe your words. Imagine this place to be Rhodes and leap for us”.

The lying traveller didn’t know what to do and went away quietly. Moral: He who does a thing well does not need to boast.

The wolf and the shepherds

One day a wolf was chased away from a farm for trying to steal some of the sheep for food. Later that week, the wolf came back to the farm hoping to find some food. He peeped inside the house and found the farmer and his family feasting on lamb roast.

“Aha!”, he thought. “If I were to do the same thing that the farmer and his family are doing now, I would be shunted and chased, or even killed for killing a weak, innocent lamb.”

Moral: We are quick to judge and condemn others for what they do, but see nothing wrong in doing so ourselves.

 

The man and the cat

One day, a man was walking by a road when he heard a cat meowing from the bushes nearby. The cat was stuck and needed help getting out. When the man reached out, the cat got scared and scratched the man. The man screamed in pain but didn’t back down. He tried again and again, even as the cat continued to scratch his hands.

Another passer-by saw this and said, “Just let it be! The cat will find a way to come out later”. The man didn’t pay heed but tried until he helped the cat. Once he let the cat free, he told the other man, “The cat is an animal, and its instincts make him scratch and attack. I am a human and my instincts make me compassionate and kind”.

Moral: Treat everyone around you like you want to be treated. Adhere to your own rules or ethics, not theirs. Stories are fromwww.momjunction.com/articles/moral-stories-for-kids_00369197/#gref.

 

Did you know?

Did you know 85% of plant life is found in the ocean?

Did you know unless food is mixed with saliva you can't taste it? 

Did you know 8% of people have an extra rib? 

Did you know spiders are arachnids and not insects?

Did you know the leap year occurs every four years?

 

Quiz 

What is the shape of a refined piece of sugar?

What shape is a bicycle tyre?

How many quarters make a whole?

How many halves make a whole?

What shape is a mathematical set?

 

Answers

1. Cube 2. Cycle 3. Four 2. Two 3. Rectangular 

 

Riddles

What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs?

What belongs to me but people use it more than I do?

It can run but cannot walk, what is it?

I have been around for many years, but do not last more than a month, who am I?

I am an object, I have a neck but no head, who am I?

There’s something I have that I can’t share it, if I share it, I can’t have it, what is it?

Answers: 1. A clock 2. My name 3. Bottle 4. Nose 5. Moon 6. Secret 

 

KIDS AND HEALTH

Live a healthy life

Doctors say kids your age should be physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. Here are some tips to keep in mind during physical activity:

Physical activity is fun! Being physically active doesn’t have to be a hard or scary thing. Did you know that riding bikes with your friends, jumping rope, playing hopscotch, and running around the park with your friends are all types of physical activity? Any game where you are up and moving are great ways to stay physically active and make your heart, bones, and muscles strong.  

Keep it exciting: Ask your friends what their favourite types of physical activity are and make a list of all of them. Make a deal with your friends to try a new activity off the list each week. Who knows, you may learn a new game! Culled from www.heart.org.

 

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