Myths and Legends for kids. Primary homework help in English. Find out what a myth, legend, folk tale and a fable is.
What is a Myth?
A myth is a story that explains why people, animals or things are they way they are. They are set a very long time ago such as when the world was being created. Myths have gods and goddesses who have amazing powers to make extraordinary things happen.
Examples of myths
- How giraffes got their long necks
- Hercules (Greek myth)
- Pandora’s Box (Greek myth)
Greek myths links
Listen to free audio stories on Greek Myths.
What is a Legend?
Legend – A traditional story based on truth but which has had bits added which has been passed on from person-to-person.
About people and their actions or deeds. People mentioned in history they are told for a purpose and are based on facts, but they are not always completely true. Makes the story more interesting
eg. Robin Hood, Queen Boadicea, King Arthur. King Arthur was a man in 5th 6th century but round table and Merlin the Magician may be not true.
Robin of Loxley true and helped poor but didn’t have a band of robers.
Boadicea true but legend says that she escaped prison rather than died there and carried on fighting – not true.
Myths and legends links
The British Isles is rich in myths, folktales and legends. Almost every town, city and village in Britain has its own special story, be it a Celtic Legend, Dark Age mystery, strange happening or fable.
These poems, about people and creatures from myths and legends, make excellent bedtime stories for young children, or fun poems for older children.
Watch videos of Myths & Legends and follow the suggested activites to explore the stories.
Kris Marshall reads two stories from Arthurian legend, reset into comic verse.
Stories from arround the world. Explore them and find out how the Kangroo got his tail, how Coyote made people and what happened to the ungrateful tiger.
Read the ancient myths & folktales. Stories from Africa, Ancient Greek, Native American, Ancient China, Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Rome, Egypt and more.
Feel your spine tingle when you stand in the presence of these myths and legends in truly awe-inspiring places.
What is a folk tale?
Folk tales are also known as fairy tales. They are stories that have been made up by people (or folk). Folk tales have imaginative characters, happy endings and may contain magic. These stories have always been children’s favourite stories and many of them have been turned into well known films.
Examples of folk tales/fairy tales
- Jack and the Beanstalk
- The Three Little Pigs
- Beauty and the Beast
- Little Red Riding Hood
Folk tale links
Links for craft downloads, fun games, word games based on traditional stories/fairy tales.
Read The Gingerbread Man, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Little Red Hen and The Three Little Pigs online.
What is a fable?
Fables are short stories that have a meaning. This meaning is called a moral. It teaches how we should behave and live our lives. Fables have animals as the main charaters who can talk and act like humans. There is usually one animal who is weak and it contains a hero or villian.
Examples of a fables
- The hare and the tortoise
- The wind and the sun
- The boy who cried wolf
Read the most famous fables.
40 of Aesop’s Fables are told by by an all-star cast, including: Lindsay Duncan, Richard E Grant, Jane Horrocks, Alison Steadman and the late Richard Briers.