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.


Comments (7)

September 11, 2012

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

September 11, 2012

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.

Courtney in London
September 11, 2012

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!

September 12, 2012

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!

Esther in Amsterdam
September 12, 2012

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

September 13, 2012

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

September 24, 2012

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!

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