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Moon Lantern Festival Activities

Mid-Autumn Festival Facts:

Read facts about the Mid-Autumn Festival- Mid-Autumn Festival Facts (10 Interesting Things You Didn't Know) (chinahighlights.com) 

We also encourage you to research the Mid-Autumn Festival using the University of Adelaide Library Database. Topics include: 

  • Populaltion mobility during the Mid-Autumn Festival 

  • Folk customs and contemporary significance of the Mid-Autumn Festival 

  • Emissions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons into the atmosphere during the Mid-Autumn Festiva


  • Recommended Reading (Available in the Resource Centre):   

  • The Moon Lady by Amy Tan 
    On a rainy afternoon, three sisters wish for the rain to stoop, wish they could play in the puddles, wish for something, anything, to do. So Ying-Ying, their grandmother, tells them a tale from long ago. On the night of the Moon Festival, when Ying-ying was a little girl, she encountered the Moon Lady, who grants the secret wishes of those who ask, and learned from her that the best wishes are those you can make come true yourself.  

  • Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the MidAutumn Festival by Grace Lin
    Each member of a Chinese family contributes to the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Includes author's note explaining this festival's customs and traditions. 
    Activities: Thanking the Moon – Grace Lin  

  • A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
    Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cookie and, despite Mama's request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night. 
    Activities A Big Mooncake for Little Star – Grace Lin  

  • Mooncake Festival Wishes by Jillian Lin
    The moon is big and round tonight. Today is a special day for Mei and her family. It is the Chinese Moon Festival. Follow Mei as she and her family prepare for and celebrate the Mid-autumn, Mooncake, or Moon Festival. They will also enjoy reading the story behind one of the most important Chinese celebrations.  

  • Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu
    Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers? bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home. Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery. 

  • Happy Mid-Autumn Festival by Meng Yanan
    Mother Bunny prepares a special family dinner for Mid-Autumn Festival. She sets out early in the morning and meets lots of friends along the way: Mother Hedgehog, Mother Squirrel, Little Bee, Uncle Beaver, Mother Duck and her ducklings. Little does she know that Mr Wild Wolf is sneaking after her.  

  • Lin Yi’s Lantern: A Moon Festival Tale by Brenda Williams
    When his mother sends him to the market to buy necessities for the upcoming festival, Lin Yi is certain his bargaining skills will get him the best prices and he will have money left over for his coveted red rabbit lantern.  
    Activities: Brenda Williams - Children's Poet & Author (brendawilliamspoet.co.uk) 

Did you know that if you are a member of Children’s University you can get CUA hours for reading a book? You just have to write a review just search ‘2022 Book Review’ on the CUA Portal for more information. 

Do an activity from one of these books? Share a picture with us. Content Submission - Plympton International College (plymptoncollege.sa.edu.au) 


Recommended Watching (Available for via Clickview): 

  • Hoopla Doopla! Mandarin - Trading Places 

It is the Lantern Festival and Bop needs help to make the lanterns. If Zap helps Bop make lanterns then who will do his deliveries? If Mimi does deliveries who will make the dumplings? Soon everyone in town has traded places. In Mandarin. 

Clickview: Hoopla Doopla! Mandarin - Trading Places - It... - ClickView 

  • Miao Miao! Mooncakes 

It's mid-autumn festival and family is the most important thing. Miao Miao's mum made yummy mooncakes for Miao Miao and all her friends to share. Kids learn to say "family" in Mandarin Chinese. 

Clickview: Mooncakes - It's mid-autumn festival and fami... - ClickView 

  • Love Monster! Mooncake Day 

Love Monster promises to make the biggest moon cake ever but keeps getting distracted. 

Clickview: Mooncake Day - Love Monster promises to make... - ClickView 


Recommended Food Recipes:​​​ 

Do not have mooncake moulds? 3D print a mould using Thingiverse. Search ‘mooncake’ and download a template. Don’t see one you like? Make your own using Maker’s Empire or Fusion 360. If you do not have access to a 3D printer, visit our Resource Centre.   

Make a recipe? Share a picture with us.  Content Submission - Plympton International College (plymptoncollege.sa.edu.au)