In Germany it is a huge tradition to get a ‘Schultuete’ for the first day of your first year in Elementary school.  The ‘Schultuete’ is a cone filled with candy, pencils, school supplies and other treats. Growing up in the US with a mother from Germany,  my mom felt it important to pass along her traditions with us. As a first grader I was so excited to receive my ‘Schultuete’.  Usually you only receive one for entering school, but I thought it would be a fun tradition to do every year. This is a great way to get my children excited for school and a creative way to give them their school supplies.

Here’s what I did to make one:  I cut a piece of wrapping paper and card stock in a quarter circle.  I then glued the two pieces to each other and glued it together in the cone shape.  I stuffed a couple of pieces of tissue paper in the cone and then filled it full of treats and school supplies.  I got some tips on how to make one here.

Henrik was so happy to receive his ‘Schultuete’ and couldn’t wait to eat some of his chocolate.

7 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Heather | September 11, 2012 | Reply

Lovely idea, and who knew you could get mint m&ms!

2. Vanessa | September 11, 2012 | Reply

O I adore this idea…. a little too late for us this year but I’ll definitely remember for next. Thanks Meta for sharing it.

3. Courtney in London | September 11, 2012 | Reply

What a cute idea! I love starting family traditions like this (and also giving the kids something to look forward to on their first day back in school). I spend so much time lamenting the fact that summer is over… I should create a reason like this for us all to be excited!

4. Ana Gaby | September 12, 2012 | Reply

I was wondering what they were all about! I’m originally from Mexico but we live in Jakarta and were visiting Germany this past summer and I saw these cone shaped containers all over the place! Some had chocolate, some had school supplies, some had toys! I love that you are keeping your traditions. We try to do the same in our home and so far we’ve reaped the benefits!

5. Esther in Amsterdam | September 12, 2012 | Reply

That is a lovely idea! It’s so cute to have ‘back-to-school’ tradition. I’ll keep this in mind!! xxx

6. Lindsey | September 13, 2012 | Reply

this is the cutest idea! definitely copying this one….

7. hennymats | September 24, 2012 | Reply

My oldest started school this year, and this being Germany, we did one as well:

Haven’t thought about doing one every year – but on a smaller scale and with mostly new school supplies it does sound like a fun idea!