Celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, on October 2nd, with some Gandhi Jayanti Crafts, Video & Activities for kids!
Gandhi Jayanti Crafts, Video & Activities for kids
What is meant by Gandhi Jayanti?
Gandhi Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who is popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi. He was born on October 2, 1869, at Porbandar, Gujarat. The day is celebrated on October 2 every year and is officially a national holiday in India.
What do we do on Gandhi Jayanti?
Sing Gandhiji’s favorite hymns
Narsi Mehta’s Vaishnava Jana To Tene Kahiye Je (Call only that person a Vaishnava or a godlike person) was one of Gandhiji’s favorite songs and a source of profound inspiration to him through good times and bad. They were a regular feature of his prayer meetings which usually featured a variety of hymns. In 1982, the song’s usage in the movie Gandhi popularised the song among a whole new generation of listeners both in India and abroad.
Another hymn that regularly featured in Gandhiji’s prayer meetings was Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram, sometimes called Ram Dhun,
Gandhiji’s version, which he and his fellow satyagrahis chanted during the Dandi March of 1930 runs:
Raghupati raghava rajaram,
Patita paavana sitaram,
bhaj pyaare tu sitaram
ishwar allah tero naam,
sabko sanmati de bhagwan.
Dress your child as Mahatma Gandhi for a School competition or Activity
- Swim cap or a Wig net. To recreate the iconic bald look of Gandhi all you need is a wig cap in flesh Color. Hide any evidence of your hair.
- Draw a Fake mustache. Gandhi had a beautiful mustache.
- Round-rimmed glasses. …
- Dhoti and shawl. …
- Walking stick.
Gandhi Jayanti 2020: Mahatma Gandhi was a strong advocate of the principles of Satya (Truth) and Ahimsa (Non-violence), and played a monumental role in India’s freedom struggle.
Today, the power of Gandhi’s words still inspire us to change the world by changing ourselves. While we celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday this year, here are a few inspiring quotes from the leader who is revered.
Read books about Gandhiji & the Freedom Struggle –
Gandhiji was born more than a century ago but his words and wisdom are still current and compelling! He still has the world mesmerized! Films, plays, books, and stories bring him regularly into our lives. The UN has declared his birthday, 2nd October, the International Day for Non-Violence. But how do we make his life relevant to children of today? How do we tell his inspiring story so that he isn’t just part of a history lesson? Here are some books and resources about Mahatma Gandhi & Freedom Struggle to inspire children. 32 Best Children’s Independence Day Books from India
How to Draw Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi Ji’s face is an iconic face and can be found at different places such as banknotes. You and your kids can learn to draw Gandhi Ji’s face through this video tutorial. Use your newly learnt skills to decorate bulletin boards or make a patriotic drawing of Gandhi Ji’s face on that.
Era made a Gandhi paratha using cucumber for glasses, mustache, and eye pupils. Tomato for ears and for lips. Eyeballs were made using paneer. Isn’t this fabulous?
Make a Peg Doll Gandhi
Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. This Peg Doll Gandhi can sit on your desk, windowsill, stay in your purse or pocket when you need a reminder of non-violence and forgiveness. Via PocketPeacemakers
Make a Paper Gandhi Puppet
Make a Gandhi charkha using Popsicle Sticks
Younger kids can stick it onto paper to make a Charaka
And older kids can try building a 3D model
Make Paper Gandhi Cap (Topi) | Origami Cap | Paper Cap
Recreate Gandhi Ji’s famous 3 Monkey Craft
It’s the perfect time to learn about Gandhiji’s monkeys with this cute craft! Gandhi Jayanti Monkey craft – See no Evil, Hear no Evil & Talk no Evil
Mahatma Gandhi Coloring Pages
The Color.com has some online coloring pages that are perfect to explore on Gandhi Jayanti.
Explore the life of MK Gandhi via interesting Postal Stamps
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the icon of peace, has been honored by over 100 countries by issuing postage stamps. India, of course, led the world in releasing postage stamp on the Mahatma.
Did you know? The 10 Rupees Postage stamp depicting Mahatma Gandhi, issued by India in 1948, is one of India’s most famous stamps. On 15 August 1948, on the occasion of the first anniversary of India’s Independence Day, Gandhi was honored as the first Indian to be depicted on stamps of India
There are 300 postages that have been released featuring Gandhiji in the countries of World, other than India.
Here is a collection of stamps depicting Mohandas K. Gandhi, from the blog Kamat’s Potpourri
Gandhi Jayanti is also celebrated as Swachh Bharat Divas.
We got our Guest Blogger, Shweta Nag Joshi to share her awesome Video & craft with us.
The story goes like this –
The earlier night, A dirt monster flew down from the second floor and landed in front of Gandhiji’s house. The next day, when Gandhiji was getting ready for his morning walk, he saw the very smelly dirt monster sitting in front of his house. Actually, this was the same monster that had flown from the neighbour, Mr. Mishraji’s, 2nd-floor house.
Gandhiji called out to him, come see what has landed at my doorstep. Mishraji replied that this was the same monster that had troubled them the earlier night and was kicked out of the house with lots of difficulties. But! but!, said Gandhiji, it is now troubling all of us. But before Gandhiji could complete, Mishraji went inside and got busy with his work & family.
As soon as Gandhiji turned towards the monster, he saw that it was building an army of little monsters. Very soon, two little monsters went back inside and started troubling Mishraji’s son. Now, there was an attack in Mishraji’s Clean and fresh home! Soon they were all over the town wreaking havoc. It was also in the news! The whole town gathered at Gandhiji’s house to ask for help and advice.
Gandhiji very wisely said, we need to push these monsters out from every nook and corner in our town. Just keeping our house clean will not help. This dirt monster will leave our home but capture the city. They will build an army and attack us in higher numbers. We will have to make our Good army big and strong. Every citizen in every city and town has to join our good army and become a clean soldier to tackle this menace. Get your weapons ready – Brooms, rakes, and mops. Cmon, let’s start this campaign right now – Left , Left, Left right Left.
Wasn’t that an amazing message to follow for Gandhi Jayanti?
Shweta Nag Joshi – did her MBA from Himachal Pradesh University and worked as a manager with ICICI Prudential until her son was born. She quit her job to invest time in her son’s upbringing. Now that he is 9 and relatively independent, she took up her true calling and started ARTventure with Shweta. She conducts craft workshops for children in Noida.
Watch a Movie or Documentary on Mahatma Gandhi
Once all the activities are done, you could relax and watch movies together, as a family. Choose movies that deal with the themes that played a vital role in Gandhiji’s life. Here are some movie suggestions: Gandhi, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Swadesh, and Lagaan.
Gandhiji played a significant role in India’s freedom struggle. He also inspired millions of Indians during his lifetime. Even today, his life, values, and his expansive literary output has had a huge influence on people in our country and also around the world. Use the day as an opportunity to make Gandhiji come alive for your children.