Cleanliness is next to Godliness

“So long as you do not take the broom and the bucket in your hands, you-cannot make your towns and cities clean.” – Mahatma Gandhi

On October 2, 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated the largest-ever cleanliness drive in India. The plan to clean up the roads of urban and rural India was inspired by Gandhiji’s idea that sanitation and hygiene were more important than political independence.

Today on the fourth anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan which also coincides with the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, let’s teach our kids to work towards keeping our surrounding clean and hygienic and teach others the same lesson.

We thought the best way to bring home the idea is to make a symbol for cleanliness – the broom. Again using simple stuff found around the house, kids can create their model of a broom to emphasise Gandhiji’s message.

You will need:

Plastic Straws, double sided tape, some string, brown paper, scissors and a hole punch.



Cut out long strips from the brown paper and fringe them on one side. Make paper tags and punch a hole on one end. Put a string through it.c7422abd-3e6a-49f6-bf97-ce47e6e10e57

Put double sided tape on the opposite long end of the fringed paper.

cc369a54-3eab-43e4-8c02-91f725ca9329Wind the paper around the straw and tie the tag around the end. 33caafa2-85d6-4c3e-adb2-cd1c4dec518f

Your broom is ready!!


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