Saturday, August 23, 2008


Schultüten are traditionally given to German children on the first day of school. Filled with sweets, school supplies and small presents, they are meant to celebrate the beginning of school and make the transition easier for first graders.

Mausi has a nice history on Schultüten and Einschulung in Germany.

I'm not terribly crafty but the Schultüten ideas at look so cute and easy, I might just try a couple for my kids. They can be as simple or as elaborate as you like - it's common to see German youngsters with Schultüten almost as big as themselves!

I promise to take pictures of our Schultüten. I'd love to see yours as well! Leave me a comment here with a link or send me a photo to post.


Anonymous said... has great instructions with photos of a simple Schultueten:

I've made them for my kids for the past few years. For little kids, a brown paper bag with a photocopy of a schultuete to color works fine. I saved the big schultuete for the first day of Kindergarten and first grade. They are fun to make and personalize for your kids. I filled them with little things for school - erasers, pencil sharpeners, a small notebook, pencils, etc.
- Thea

Anonymous said...

Here's the webaddress for "Die Sendung mit der Maus" schultueten.
- Thea