SOULTales - Character Strengths, Stories & Vocabulary

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

:) : Mixed feelings - a short story to talk about feelings - Life skills

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Ridhi is 5 years old and lives with her Appa, Amma in a flat in Indra Nagar. Ridhi’s Ajji had come to stay with them for some time and Ridhi was having a great time playing with Ajji and listening to her stories. But today Ridhi was feeling very sad. Ridhi missed her Amma. It was 3 days since Amma had gone to the hospital.
“ Ajji How long to wait for Amma? When will she come back from the hospital with Appa.“ Has the baby come out from Amma’s stomach? I thought her stomach would burst with the baby becoming bigger and bigger inside”
“You know Ajji I think a Baby is like cake.  I wait and wait and watch the cake mix growing bigger and bigger in the oven and then Ting the oven makes a sound and the cake is ready to take out, no?. I think Babies are like that – they have to become bigger inside the tummy and then finally one day they are ready to come out. “Ting”. 

The doctor takes the baby from inside Amma and the Baby is ready like a cake...but ....but...only one problem. I am not so sure I want this Cake Baby.” Said Ridhi thinking how the baby had taken her Amma away from her.
“Shhhh. All is well Ridhi. Amma will be coming back today and she will have a surprise for you” said Ajji
“Surprise , what surprise? “ Just then a car came and honked just outside their flat.
 Ridhi could hear the car stopping outside her building. She ran to the window to see and Ajji ran to the door to open it. Appa and Amma came inside carrying the Baby . Ridhi watched them from where she was standing; the Baby was just like a cake with icing all wrapped up in a blue towel.
Ajji was smiling and kissing the baby, Appa and Amma were looking so happy. No one was looking at Ridhi. She felt like crying...
Then Amma looked at Ridhi. She smiled and walked to her. Ridhi looked at Amma. She bent down and hugged Ridhi so tight and kissed her many many times. Ridhi gave a hug to her too.
Amma said: “Chikku papa, is so lucky to have a Big Sister like you, you are going to help him grow big like you, won’t you?
Ridhi slowly smiled. She was feeling both sad and happy. Happy that Amma was back, but sad that Amma was now carrying another Baby.
“Am I not your Kutty Papa?” asked Ridhi
You are now my Akka Papa and this is your Tam’ma Papa”, said Amma.
“ No, he is my Cake Baby”, said Ridhi with tears in her eyes.
“What?!  That is so sweet Ridhi and now tell me why you have named him Cake Baby ?” said Amma.

Amma, Ridhi and Ajji with the baby slowly walked into the bedroom

~ How did you like this story??~ Suitable for 5 and 6 year olds
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Monday, December 9, 2019

Crocodile Craves Chocolates - a story about Food Craving!!

This is a story written for Muktha Foundation Life Skills Programme, which talks about Food Craving and what it did to Very Hungry Crocodile!

Once upon a time there was a Very Hungry Crocodile. 

He lived in a river filled with all the delicious and yummy food that crocodiles like to eat - yes! 

...fishes and crabs and all that swims and is fishy. 

But Very Hungry Crocodile did not like all this. He had a deep deep wish to eat Chocolates-

 big big bars of chocolates and Chips - crispy crispy chips.

You can ask me “How does a Crocodile know about chocolates and chips?”

Let me tell you that in the river humans had thrown packets of chips and chocolates 

and he had licked every one of the chocolate wrapper and the salty chips. 

Now he did not want to eat anything else. He wanted to eat only Chocolate and Chips. 

That night Very Hungry Crocodile prayed to the River fairy.

 “Please change all the fishes to chocolate and all the crabs to chips packets”.

The River Fairy was in a good mood and she did just that.

When Very Hungry Crocodile swam into the river the next day, 

he saw Chips and Chocolates floating everywhere! 

“ Woohooo, Chips and Chocolate everywhere (2 times) 

He swallowed as many as he could see. He was greedy indeed!

Chips in their packets, chocolates in their wrappers.

 He ate and ate and ate!




“I think I am sick” said VH Crocodile. “I feel my stomach burning and it feels

 as if it is full of stones and my throat is burning terribly”.

He could barely move as he lay on the side of the river feeling like he had a 

huge mountain on his belly.

"What is happening to me? Oh why did I eat all those chips and chocolates? 

I am a Very Silly Crocodile now."

Dr. Tortoise was called and she looked at Very Silly Crocodile and said: 

“Hmmm.... Chocolate and chips are not good food, 

they are called junk. They go inside and make you feel sick. 

They go inside and turn your inside upside down. Crocodile must eat Crocodile food like 

fish and crabs to stay healthy. Chips and Chocolates are treats that you must have only 

once a week”

Big Crocodile tears did Crocodile shed for his stomach hurt, while 

Dr. Tortoise gave him the yuckiest medicine to make him alright :(

That night he prayed and prayed to the River fairy to turn everything back to 

how it was, and to make all the fishes and crabs come back.

Fish Fairy was feeling sorry for Crocodile but fairies never undo a wish so easily...

she told Crocodile he would have to remove all the chips and chocolates and 

collect them in a big bag and then only she would bring back the crab and fishes to the river. 

Poor Crocodile with his stomach hurting spent the whole day collecting packets 

of chips and chocolate from the river and putting them into the garbage bag he had found.

Finally his part of the river was clean! 

He went to sleep that night exhausted and hungry.


Next morning when he woke up and opened his eyes he couldn't believe what his eyes saw 

crabs and fishes were back in the river! Yaay


Happily Very Hungry Crocodile set off to eat his favorite Fish and Crab. 

He had learnt his lesson from felt eating all that junk and also picking up all that junk from the river :(

He never wanted to feel that stomach pain again. 

He said:

“Good, clean and healthy food never hurts the tummy. I say no to Junk”

~~ enjoy this story by ssstoryteller~

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