King Midas Story: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Shelley Vessels

Shelley has taught at the middle school level for 10 years and has a master's degree in teaching English.

The story of King Midas and The Golden Touch reminds readers of two very important things: remember what really matters and be careful what you wish for. Read this lesson to learn how the Ancient Greeks taught these valuable life lessons.

Purpose of Greek Mythology

What do you do when you want an answer to a question? Do you ask your parents or a teacher? Do you do research at the library or look on the internet?

How do you think people in Ancient Greece found answers to their nagging questions? Of course, there were parents and teachers to ask, but there was no internet. The myths and stories in Greek mythology served as a reliable source of knowledge, and the citizens looked to them for answers and guidance.

This story about King Midas, reminds readers to be careful what you wish for and to remember what is really important in life.

King Midas and the Golden Touch

King Midas is a very wealthy king. His castle is filled with gold pieces, yet he wants more. King Midas loves gold so much that he names his precious daughter, Marigold, after a beautiful golden flower.

Marigolds
french marigold

Fortunately for King Midas, he comes in contact with a fairy who agrees to grant him a wish. What do you think it is?

Not surprisingly, King Midas wants even more gold, so he asks that anything he touches turn to beautiful yellow gold. The fairy tells him that although he'll grant the wish, he knows that King Midas will not be happy with his new power. King Midas shrugs off the fairy's warning.

In the morning when King Midas is set to receive his ability, he wakes up extra early to see if the fairy did actually grant his wish. Before he knows it, the bed that he's sleeping in turns to gold! The king gets up and touches a chair and a table - both turn to pure gold. King Midas is ecstatic with his new superpower and turns many other things in the bedroom to gold.

During breakfast, however, King Midas gets an uneasy feeling about his golden touch. King Midas is hungry - really hungry - and when his food touches his lips - poof! The breakfast he so desperately wants turns to solid gold. Not exactly appetizing!

The worst is yet to come for the king. His beloved Marigold comes running in from outside, and plants a kiss right on her father. And, can you imagine what happens? Just as it did with the bed, the chairs, the table, and the breakfast, poor Marigold turns into a golden statue right in front of him!

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