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First Day of School Traditions: German Schultute

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Create a new first day of school tradition with a German Schulute – a large paper cone filled with small gifts and back to school supplies. Your kids will love this first day of school tradition!

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This year our baby will celebrate the first day of his very first year of school – ever! Oh my goodness, where has time gone? Thankfully he’s just going to half-day Kindergarten so I’ll have another year until I lose my little buddy. I still wanted to celebrate his first day of school.

Somewhere in the depths of Pinterest, I discovered a fun first day of school tradition in Germany. The first day of the first year of school is a big deal in Germany and families make their children cone shaped packages called schulute. They fill the cones with school supplies and candy for the brand new student. I decided to make one for my little guy to celebrate his first day of school.

We started with a plain piece of poster board. I chose blue because that’s one his favorite colors. I saw a few people who also used wrapping paper or even posters to make a schulute so use your imagination and be creative. Cut the poster board in to a pie wedge shape.

Roll it up and secure the seams with tape.

I headed to Target to gather Kindergarten back to school supplies to fill the cone. Aside from my general love of shopping at Target, right now when you buy a select school supply, Target will give another to the Kids in Need Foundation. If I can double my impact and help out a kid, I’m going for it! Plus last year my daughter spent months lamenting the fact that she didn’t have the “blue crayons” like her classmate. It took me until almost the end of school to figure out she wanted Target’s Up and Up brand crayons! So now all of our school supplies come in blue!

I added some ribbon to the top of the cone to make it a little more festive and filled it to the brim with Up and Up school supplies.

He was thrilled! As soon as he saw the new paints and paint brushes, he insisted on getting to work painting his cone. Paint makes everything better, you know. And as Target’s motto says: Every Little Thing is a Really Big Deal! I hope you can make a child’s first day of school a big deal this year!

When you buy one, Target will give one. For each select school supply you buy for back-to-school, Target will give another to the Kids In Need Foundation. Together, we can reach our goal of donating $25 million in school supplies.

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