Once I opened up my super simple option for a Forest Father, I fully intended to stuff him in the craft closet and save him for later. Well... it just looked so cute sitting there next to Fr. Dowling that I couldn't bear to. So, I came up with this idea for BigBoy who will be graduating from Pre-K to Kindergarten this fall here at Frassati Academy. I made matching chasubles for the little Fr. Robert (BigBoy chose that name and since he is Fr. R's namesake, I couldn't refuse him) and placed them in a box. The larger ones are trimmed with ribbon but the smaller ones are mostly felt and glitter glue. (I looked at the chasubles that our beloved Cistercians wear for mass and tried to model mine after theirs since that is what my kids see regularly. They are mostly very simple.)
Updated to add: These were almost no-sew to put together. I glued the smaller ones and some of the more delicate ribbons on the larger ones. The trim on the larger ones was either glued or tacked down with simple hand sewing. And since felt does not need to be hemmed, you can just cut it and go!
My idea is that every morning, the big kids will take turns looking up the liturgical colors of the day and place the appropriate chasuble on Fr. Dowling while BigBoy's job is to find the matching one for Fr. R. I think it's a little Montessori-ish and he thinks it's his big boy chore for the day!
P.S. I hope to make more parts of the vestments and use this Vessels and Vestments card game along with other resources to help us all learn about them. I'll keep you posted.