After a few weeks of stuffing ourselves with mooncakes, it’s finally Mid-Autumn Festival today!
The kids spent some time learning Chinese history and language.
We read a story on the Mid-Autumn Festival from the book above.
The children have already heard variations of the story over the years. So this year, we focused more on reading words.
I selected key phrases from the story and made a set of bilingual word flashcards. These are smaller cards (1/8 A4) designed for children learning to read. You’ll get the free printable below.
As a control of error for Chinese reading, there’s Hanyu Pinyin behind each card.
See both sides of the cards in the photo below…
Little El (almost 7 years old) is in a writing phase, so he initiated copying of each new phrase into his notebook.
And of course, the kids love watching Daddy light the candles for their paper lanterns…
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year, they’re unable to carry lanterns with other kids in the neighbourhood.
We actually carried lanterns on the eve of Mid-Autumn, so there wasn’t other children around.
It was cloudy, and we managed to catch a glimpse of the bright and nearly-full moon.
Since nobody’s lantern was burnt accidentally, eldest Vee experimented with letting his catch a small fire.
Is it a boy thing? I’d never have let my beautiful lantern catch fire on purpose!
Materials & Preparation
- Printable (download below): print double-side
- White/coloured A4 paper or card stock x 2 pieces
Control of Error
- Turn behind to check the Hanyu Pinyin and translation.
These were other activities to try:
- Make mooncakes
- Eat mooncakes (of course!)
- Drink tea
- Answer Chinese riddles (猜灯谜)
- Make lanterns
- Decorate the house with lanterns
- Carry lanterns
- Reunion dinner
Download Free Printable
Download your free printable here
>>> Printable Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节 flashcards (PDF, 77KB)
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