Here’s a story that works well for very young children. It’s like a younger child’s equivalent of a mystery and the idea is to let them play along and solve the “crime” 🙂 Chotu gets excited each time without fail.
Note: All stories involve Tux’s Amma because Chotu’s Amma’s the one making up the stories. Occasionally the dad surfaces too but he’s not as popular with Chotu 😉
One day Tux and his Amma went to the bakery to buy a piece of cake. After coming home Tux ate lunch and took a nap.
When Tux woke up he asked Amma, “Amma, where is my cake?”
Amma replied, “Tux, I put away the cake when you were sleeping. Can you find it?” Two villians in Chotu’s life make an appearance here – a pair of large black ants named Chimpu and Dimpu. Chotu knows that food lying around attracts ants and it must be put away and so, he’ll get excited at this point and say, “Otherwise Chimpu and Dimpu will come!”
Tux started looking for the cake. “Is it in the balcony?”, he asked Amma. [Giggles from Chotu] “No”, said Amma. “We dry clothes in the balcony.”
“Is it in the bedroom under the bed?”, asked Tux. “No, we sleep in the bedroom and we never put food there”, said Amma. [more giggles from Chotu]
“Is it on the dining table?”, asked Tux. But there was only a bowl of fruit on the dining table. [Even more giggles from Chotu since our dining table is folded all day]
“Is it in the washing machine? [substitute any other very funny place here]”, asked Tux. “Tux! That is silly! Does anyone put food in the washing machine?”, asked Amma. [massive laughter from Chotu]
“Is it in the kitchen/fridge [substitute as appropriate in your home]”, asked Tux. “Yes!”, said Amma. “We put the cake in the fridge so that it stays tasty”. [let your child guess s/he will love “cracking” the mystery of the missing cake]
Then Tux and Amma share-shared the cake. But no matter whose cake it is, Chotu gets the cherry.