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German School Cone Tradition

Treat your kids to a great first day of school. Make a School Cone (Zuckertuete/Schultuete). Here’s how!

German School Cone Tradition!

The first day of elementary school can be an anxious time for any kindergartener or first grader. Make this day a little sweeter with a Zuckertuete, a German school cone tradition. This kinder cone (literally translated: sugar bag) is a German tradition that dates back to the early 1800s. Parents or grandparents would present their young ones with a big cardboard cone, beautifully decorated and filled with toys, chocolates, candies, school supplies, and other various goodies and surprises. Keep this German school cone tradition alive by making your own Zuckertuete. You will see those frowns turn upside down.

Getting started is easy. Just follow the step-by-step instructions and custom-create the school cone also known as the kinder cone or Schultuete yourself—or with your child. The project from start to finish should take only about 40 minutes. But the memories will last a lifetime.

Make your own Zuckertuete. The Oma Way! 

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German School Cone Tradition

It’s easy. Just follow the step-by-step instructions and custom-create the sugar cone yourself—or with your child. The project from start to finish should take only about 40 minutes. But the memories will last a lifetime.

Preparation for a German School Cone:

Tools and Materials:

 1. Poster-board 22″ x 28″
2. Crepe Paper 50cm x 2.5 m (19.6” x 2.7 yard at arts & craft stores or amazon)
3. Measuring tape
4. Trim (available at arts & craft stores)
5. Ribbon (available at arts & craft stores)
6. Universal glue (Uhu available at arts & craft stores, Amazon)
7. Double-sided tape
8. Pair of pinking shears
9. Pair of scissors
10.Pencil with cotton yarn
11. Decorative stickers with letters and school themes (see below)

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Instructions:

Mark your poster board on the length side at 22”. Take about 26” of yarn and tie it onto the pencil in a knot. Hold the pencil with the yarn in one corner of the short side and draw a circle, till you reach the 22” mark on the length side. You have drawn a quarter of a circle.

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Cut out the semi circle and roll it into a cone—leaving a 9” opening at the top. The edges of the opening should be overlapping.

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Glue the edge of the cone and roll it into the proper direction—attaching it to the glued edge.

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Cut away the overlapping poster board so that the opening edge is even. Use double-sided tape to secure the cone’s overlapping paper on the inside double sided tape to put them together.

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Use your double sided tape and glue it against the outside top edge all the way around the cone. Have the creppe paper still on the roll and glue it against the cone with the tape. When you finished the round let the creppe paper overlap about 3 inches and cut it lengthwise. Glue the end of the creppe paper together with the already attached creppe paper with double sided tape.

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After cutting the creppe paper lengthwise, start on the overlapping side of the creppe paper (open side) and turn the creppe paper careful towards the opening of the cone till you have reached the lower edge of the tape glued creppe paper.Work with you index finger around the edge and fold the creppe paper.

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Grab the creppe paper and and bind a bow around it. On top cut about 8 inches of the creppe paper off with the pinking shears.

Decoration:

Start first with the trim on the top edge. Leave it on the roll. Start at the seam in the back and put some glue onto the trim. Glue it about 0.5 inch under the edge of the creppe paper and work it around the cone.

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Your school cone is ready to be decorated. No limitations to it. You either use your own imagination or just use some hints, I have given.

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Preparation Back to School

Prep for school. The Oma Way.

Preparation Back to School!

School is just around the corner—time for parents to do their homework early. After all taking the necessary steps for preparation Back to School is the key to a successful, stress-free start of the year. Along with the typical supplies you can find on your kid’s school website, here are some tried and true German products, materials, and customs that continue to make the grade for students of all ages.

(Oma’s recommendations in red. Plus, links to Amazon for German-school supplies.)

Elementary-School Supplies:

1 – Backpack (Herlitz)

1 – Lunch box

1 – Water bottle

1 – Small purse or wallet for lunch money

1 – Weekly calendar with magnets for school schedule

1 – Fun locker or cubby accessory

6-8 – Book covers

12 – # 2 Pencils

24 – Crayons (Crayola)

2 – Glue sticks (“Uhu”)

1 – Box of tissues

1 – Pink eraser

8 – Broad-tip markers

1 – Pair of kids scissors (Fiskar)

1 – Pencil Case (Herlitz)

1 – Wide-ruled, spiral-bound notebook

3 – Pocket folders

12 – Pencil crayons (Twistable Crayons by Crayola)

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Extra Credit:

Make the first day of elementary school extra special with a “Zuckertuete.” Find out what this fun, German, cone-shaped tradition is all about.

Middle-School Supplies:

 1 – Backpack (Kipling)

1 – Lunch Box

1 – Water bottle

1 – Purse or wallet

1 – Stylized locker accessory

1 – Bag for PE clothes

3 – Clothes hangers

6-8 Book covers or you make your own (Look at Instruction)

12 – #2 pencils

2 – Mechanical pencils

2 – Glue sticks (Uhu)

1 – Bottle of white glue (Uhu)

1 – Pkg. washable felt markers

1 – Pair of scissors

1 – Pencil case (Herlitz)

6 – Pocket folders

2 – Pkg. lined notebook paper

1 – Pkg. plain copy paper

4 – Lined composition notebooks

2 – Blue pens

2 – Red pens

1 – Ruler

1 – Pkg. Map Colors

2 – 1” Binders

1 – Pkg. of subject dividers

1 – Scientific calculator

1 – Pocket dictionary

1 – Pencil sharpener

3 – Highlighter pens

1 – set of post it taps 1” and 0.5”

1 – Set of watercolors (Pelican)

High-School Supplies:

1 – Backpack (Kipling)

1 – Lunch Box

1 – Water bottle

1 – Purse or wallet

1 – Locker accessories picked by individual needs

3 – Clothes hangers

1 – Bag for PE clothes

6-8 Book covers 

12 – #2 Pencils

2 – Mechanical pencils

2 – Glue Sticks (Uhu)

1 – Bottle of White Glue (Uhu)

1 – Pink eraser

1 – White eraser

1 – Pair scissors

1 – Pencil case (Herlitz)

10 – Pocket folders

2 – Pkg. lined paper

1 – Pkg. plain paper

10 – Blue pens

3 – Red pens

1 – Ruler

1 – Pkg. pencil crayons (Twistable Crayons by Crayola)

2 – 1” Binders

8 – Subject dividers

1 – Scientific calculator

1 – Geometry set (Staedtler) also available at arts & craft stores

1 – Pocket dictionary

1 – Thesaurus

1 – Pencil sharpener

3 – Highlighter pens

1 – Agenda book/Student planner

1 – Staple remover

1 – set of post it taps 1” and 0.5”

1 – Set of watercolors (Pelican)

If you follow the tips of preparation Back to School, you might enjoy with your children the First Day of School.