Mid Autumn Festival is coming up this weekend, September 10 2022. It’s a time to gather with friends and family and enjoy delicious foods like mooncake while gazing at the moon. Here’s a few books, songs and activities that you can do with the kids this year.
Mid Autumn Festival Books
A Big Mooncake for Little Star (小星的大月餅) by Grace Lin
A story about a little girl who sneaks a bite every night of her mooncake. This book is available in Chinese and English.
English version: Kozzi, Amazon; Chinese version: Kozzi
Cantonese read aloud: 采姐姐的故事王國 Lillian’s Story Kingdom
Mooncakes by Loretta Seto
This book features a family celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival while telling three of the festival tales. This book is in English.
English read aloud: The Dream Big Bookshelf
Peppa and the Moon Festival
Peppa and her friends celebrate the Moon Festival with lanterns and mooncakes.
Buy it here: Taobao
幸福月餅店 by 鄭宗弦
A family own bakery shows us how to make mooncakes for Mid Autumn Festival.
Buy it here: Kozzi
Cantonese read aloud: Cantonese Mommy, Michigan Cantonese Storytime
14隻老鼠賞月 by 岩村和朗
This mice family builds a moon lookout in a tree. When the moon arrives they eat delicious food and thank the moon.
Cantonese read aloud: Cantonese Mommy
Other Mid-Autumn Festival Books
Bitty Bao Mid-Autumn Festival, Mooncakes, and Our Moon. [bilingual board books with pinyin, zhuyin, traditional Chinese characters; available on Bitty Bao and Little Kozzi]
Mid-Autumn Pop Up Book – 中秋節 and 團圓中秋節.
Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival [an English book about Mid-Autumn Festival, by Grace Lin; available on Little Kozzi and Amazon]
Mid Autumn Festival Songs
望望月光 食食月餅 by Eveline (Rhythm N Rhyme) and Dorothy (Locy Lee Learning)
中秋佳節 by 嘉芙姐姐
點點燈籠 by Bettina Wan (曉樂兒歌 HealingVoices Music)
Mid Autumn Festival Activities
If you are looking for a one stop shop for activities, try out my Mid-Autumn Activity Book, available on Little Kozzi. There are flashcards to learn related vocabulary, colouring pages with stroke order characters, activities, and crafts to learn about the different traditions in an interactive, hands-on way. This activity book is bilingual and includes English and traditional Chinese characters on each page. Flashcards include jyutping (Cantonese pronunciation) and a vocabulary list that includes jyutping is included if you cannot read Chinese. Templates for all the crafts are also included. An art tutorial to draw lanterns is also included, hosted by Cherry 老師 from Children’s Cues in Cantonese. Purchase here: Mid-Autumn Activity Book
Another fun activity to do with the little ones is make mooncakes together. You can bake them or you can make them with playdough. You can purchase mooncake molds at your local Asian market or you can try Amazon. If you cannot get molds, Kumara Squad (@kyl.scrapbook) has shared a fun ecofriendly way to make them using recyclable materials. You can watch it here on her IG account, @kyl.scrapbook Playdough Mooncakes.
Lanterns is also another fun must activity for Mid-Autumn Festival. Check out these fun ideas here by Spot of Sunshine, and TVB Hands Up (Cantonese Video).
Here are also another FREE downloads that I created for Mid Autumn Festival.
Mooncake puzzles – Have fun matching mooncake puzzle pieces to form a full mooncake and match the correct words together.
Peppa Pig lantern – Print this template to make your own Peppa Pig or George lantern.
Felt mooncake pattern – Print this template and sew your own felt toy mooncakes.
Mid Autumn Festivals Videos
Follow Kala EE to a bakery to make mooncake for her favourite Mirror members while learning vocabulary. Follow Kala EE to shop to learn about lanterns and make them together while learning vocabulary (traditional Chinese characters and English translations). Toddlers to school age children will enjoy Kala EE fun and positive personality.
Learn 5 Mid-Autumn Festival vocabulary while also learning about the festival with Uncle Calvin. Great for toddlers and preschoolers. Jyutping included. Turn on subtitles for English.
TVB Hands Up has a fun skit featuring lantern riddles and toy lanterns.
Sunshine Nursery Rhyme teaches us about the tales and customs of Mid-Autumn Festival.
Learn about different vocabulary that contain the word moon 月 and also a little about the tales of Mid Autumn Festival.
Twinklebots Cantonese teaches us Mid-Autumn Festival vocabulary, Jyutping included.
Mid Autumn Festival Toys
Bitty Bao: 13-Piece Magnetic Wooden Mooncake Toy Set [Bitty Bao, Little Kozzi]
My Heart Felt Toys Felt Mooncake [My Heart Felt Toys]
Baby Snack Time Mid Autumn Moon Festival Wooden Tea Pretend Play Set [Baby Snack Time]
More Cantonese Children Apps and Resources
- Cantonese Children Apps
- Books with Jyutping blog post
- I Taught My Daughter 500+ Chinese Characters blog post
- Little Explorers Cantonese Virtual On Demand Program blog post