Harvest Moon Ideas for Preschoolers

We celebrated the Harvest Moon this September. Harvest Moon celebrations occur all over the world, but most notably the Chinese (Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival) and the Celtics and Neo Pagans.

We took time to join in the festivities with games, art, and MOON CAKES!

To make our moons, we first took paper plates and all the colors. Mixing the red, blue, and yellow made a good base for the moons.

Once the first layer dries, use white paint and sponges to make the crater textures on the surface.

Our kiddos LOVED baking moon cakes. We made hand pies, so they were moon cakes made like empanadas. This is a simple recipe, but it allows for little ones to really get involved. It's almost impossible to mess up the recipe.. so let them get their hands dirty!

Raspberry Moon Cake Hand Pies

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick of butter (cold and chopped)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/2 tablespoon cold milk
Filling: raspberry preserves
Brushing: one egg yolk
Dusting: powdered sugar

Instructions: (with suggestions to involve the kiddos)
  • 1. Pre-measure ingredients so the kids can pour them into the large bowls
  • 2. Whisk together dry ingredients
  • 3. Mix together wet ingredients and slowly combine with dry ingredients (stir until a dough ball has formed)
  • 4. Set out four pieces of parchment paper (let the kiddos do this)
  • 5. Separate dough into four pieces

6. Use a rolling pin to flatten out each piece into a pancake

7. Fill with a spoonful of preserve and fold over, then use a fork to push the edges down (I helped them with this part)

8. Use a brush for painting the yolk on the pies (this was their favorite part!)

9. Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes (dust with powdered sugar after they cool)

Harvest Moon Game:

We played this with two baskets and fake fruits and vegetables.

Mommy sits in the middle with a paper moon, and the kiddos dance around the baskets like musical chairs. Once the music stops... Mommy holds up the moon and the children run and put as many fruits and vegetables they can find into the baskets. They LOVED this.. it got a little rowdy.

Happy Harvest Moon season to all! Have FUN!