As our treat for the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, I buy a small assortment of cookies and candies, and we use frosting to stick them together into little chairs. We decorate them with whatever sprinkles I have in the cabinet. It’s always fun to see how differently they can turn out, despite each kid starting with all the same materials! Nota bene: If you include round cookies with a hole in the middle, someone might end up using it for the seat, with comedic-looking results.
It’s a little thing, but since this feast day usually falls within Lent, the kids are extra excited to get to have treats. Since it’s not a solemnity, we wouldn’t usually break our voluntary Lenten disciplines on this day. However, this was one of our first family liturgical year traditions, and I think it’s the first one I can take credit for inventing, so it’s grandfathered in! But if your family also abstains from treats during Lent, you could always enjoy these together on a Sunday.
- Sturdy packaged cookies in a variety of shapes like long (fudge sticks, pirouette, shortbread), rectangle (deluxe grahams, chessmen, biscoff, lorna doone), round (grasshopper, brussels, nilla wafers, oreos), oblong (milano, vienna fingers)
- Candies for construction like caramels or tootsie rolls
- Candies for decoration like sprinkles, mini m&m, red hots
- A cement of some sort like nutella or canned frosting
Open all the packages, hand out butter knives for spreading, and get to work!
Optional Competition Version:
In our house we tell everyone not to hoard supplies, remind big kids to help little kids, and then set a timer for 10 minutes. Everyone builds a chair (and maybe a footrest). Then each person presents his creation to the group. We put a paper in front of each chair and each person makes a mark for his two favorites. Whichever chair gets the most marks, wins. Then we eat them!