Make the first day of school better for your little one with this 200 year old German tradition.

Do you feel like your child worries about his/her first day of school? Don’t you want to make it easier for them on this big day ? Well guess what! Do what parents did for over 200 years to make them feel good about it and try out this great thing called “Schultuete”.

A “Schultuete” is a large paper cone filled with candy, school supplies and other goodies traditionally given to a child on their first day of school.

My oldest is going to start school next year and I remember how it was for me when I started school. I remember how grown up I felt and how excited, but also know how scary it was. Since I grew up in Germany, I received a “Schultuete” like every other child that started his or her first day of school after Kindergarten. Every child received this from their parents and I remember it like it was yesterday. It was almost as big as me and filled with all kinds of candy, toys and school supplies. I loved it. This made my start in to a new school (first grade) so much easier.

I thought that I would share this 200-year-old German tradition, with you. You can easily make one yourself and personalize it individually to your little ones’ preferences. They will have the biggest smile when you give them this cone filled with presents and full of goodies.

I will show you how to make a small cone, but these are usually 3x the size. You can pick your own color and decoration.

This is what you need:

  • 1x 22in X 28in Heavyweight poster board
  • 1x String, about 21.5 inches long
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Quick Drying Glue (I used Gorilla Glue)
  • A Measuring Tape
  • 4-5  Elastic bands
  • Clothespins
  • Wrapping paper
  • hot glue gun
  • 3-4 sheets of tissue paper

Lets make your childes day, amazing and memorable with this great goodie cone  Aka “Schultuete”. Fill it up with things your little one loves: candy, school supplies and little toys. Let me know how his/her first day of school went? What did you put in the goodie cone for your child?

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31 thoughts on “Make the first day of school better for your little one with this 200 year old German tradition.

  1. I remember these when I lived in Germany I forgot about them however thank you for posting and it inspires me to try these for my own kids this year I am so happy you posted this

  2. This is a great idea. My youngest homeschool but my oldest goes to school, she starts Hugh School this year. I think I will make one for her. She will love it!

    1. I wish her a great first day of school. I is a great way to make the first day a little less stressful, I am sure she will be surprised.

  3. Oh my gosh this is beyond cute! I don’t have any kids yet, but I will definitely be doing this. Especially since I have a German heritage, my family looks for any excuse to add in traditions!

  4. That is so cute! I would have loved to get this on my first day of school as a child! I am about to have my first baby in November, and seeing little things like this make me so excited!

    1. Usually it is stuffy with candy ?, school supplies like pens, little note books, crayons or little cute objects used for school that makes it a little more fun.

  5. Wow this is so cuteeee! I usually give my girls gifts for their first day of school but I didn’t know it was actually a tradition. I’ll probably do this for them this year! So happy I read this! Love learning about other cultures!

  6. I did not live in Germany, but my grandparents did and would send us these every fall! Such fun and I have completely forgotten about them! Thank you for reminding me of such a fun tradition!

  7. This is such a great idea . I wish I knew about this when my kids first started school . I have one going into middle school next year . I wonder if he would still like this ?

  8. This is such an awesome idea and tradition. I’ve never heard of it before. My youngest starts school next year, so thankfully I have another 12 months to emotionally prepare myself. But, this would be so cool for him! Thank you for sharing.

  9. This is such a cool tradition! I love that you’re doing this for your children, and I hope it catches on more here, so kids can have some of their “first day” anxieties eased with a fun, memorable cone filled with goodies. Thanks for sharing!

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