In honor of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, we made a mooncatcher to join our Peruvian suncatcher.
The Mid-Autumn festival is one of the most important Chinese festivals of the year. It is a celebration of harvest, honoring the Moon Goddess Chang E. Festivities go on for a couple of weeks, and are at their peak on the night of the full moon. People eat mooncakes and other moon-shaped foods like pomelos. Families have moonlight picnics, lanterns in hand.
- chopped crayons (we used white, purple and blue)
- construction paper (same colors)
- two wax paper circles
- an iron and a dishtowel
- glue sticks
Step One: Sprinkle the crayon bits on one of the wax paper circles. Cover it with the other wax paper circle.
Step Two: Put the wax paper sandwich in a dishtowel and iron it. Press the iron down for a couple of seconds all over the paper, until the crayons have melted.
That's the inside of your moon.
Step Three: For the outside, cut a circle with a hole in the middle out of construction paper. Cut other decorations. We used craft scissors that made a wavy designs. The Whirl Girl cut some shapes herself and I cut out a couple of crescents.
Step Four: Glue it all together.
Hang it in a window! The center becomes lit up by sun (or moon) light.