I am always looking for great ways to integrate culture into our home and our learning. This past weekend is a good example. Based on the Chinese Calendar, Sunday, September 30th was the Moon Festival.
I love the idea of a Harvest Festival, generally. What a wonderful way to celebrate the Earth! I am kicking myself for not getting an image of the moon last night. It was nothing short of out of this world.
Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with Kids
We drove to the International District in Seattle where we bought a Buddha and a set of Lantern lights for the boys’ quiet corner.
Then we went to a reputable Chinese Bakery to try Moon Cake. Then we checked out China on our world map and built an outline of China with our wooden Chinese blocks.
This week we are creating a resist Chinese flag. We read Amy Tan’s The Moon Lady, a perfect book to celebrate and learn about the Moon Festival. We also learned about the phases of the moon with these Montessori 3 part cards from Montessori Print Shop and this amazing moon laminated poster from Safari Ltd. We also learned random facts from the boys’ Mandarin teacher that in China people get 8 days paid vacation off and the government eliminates all highway tolls (which translates into major traffic jams).
Here is a wonderful post from Little Passports about the Mid-Autumn Festival equipped with activities and more. This post inspired us!
Thanks for reading…