First Day of School in Germany. Traditions. School Cone

The First Day of School in Germany is always picture perfect. See what makes the Einschulung so sweet and memorable.

First Day of School – Starting Primary School!

In my day, the beginning of the school year started in spring and not after the summer break. The first day of school or Einschulung, as we say in Germany is a very festive event and celebrated with traditions.

My godmother gave the new backpack called Ranzen to me, and my mother made sure that the traditional school cone was finished and filled with chocolate and goodies. 

Dressed in my best cloth I was prepared to attend the ceremony at the school. After the introduction to my new teacher, we walked to our classroom to receive our schedule followed by taking a group picture. We proudly held our school pretzels for the girls decorated with pink ribbons and for the boys with blue ribbons. (See picture above).

The first day of school ended with a celebration at home sharing the pretzel with family and friends. 

First Day of School in the fifties and sixties in Germany.

  First day of school Germany

I was very proud on my first day of school and felt very special. I thought every school year would begin this way. But to my surprise, the following year, there was no pretzel and no school cone. I realized that this was a one-time event. No wonder that Einschulung day is still so vivid in my mind.

Safety First

Most of the children in Germany are still walking to school. The children wear a bright yellow/orange cap to protect them in traffic and to make them easier seen by passing drivers.

First day of school Germany

I wish every newcomer to school life a great start and hope their first day of school is as exciting as mine was.

Yours, Oma

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School Pretzel


School cone


Invitation for download


German Sandtorte Cake Recipe

German Sandtorte Cake Recipe and Halloween Cupcakes

German Sandtorte Cake and Halloween Cupcakes

The German Sandtorte Cake is a classic recipe. The batter can be used for cupcakes in a ice cream cone.

Ingredients for German Sandtorte Cake:

  • 5 eggs, XL
  • 300 g (10.5 oz) of sugar
  • 2 packages of Dr. Oetker vanilla sugar OR 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 250 g (8.8 oz) of potato starch OR corn starch
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) of flour, all-purpose
  • 250 g (8.8 oz) of margarine
  • 1 package Dr. Oetker Baking powder OR 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of rum
  • 150-200 g (5.29-7.05 oz) of semi-sweet baking chocolate (for brushing the cake)
  • 1 teaspoon of shortening OR coconut oil (for brushing the cake)

Ingredients for German Sandtorte Cake

Preparation of German Sandtorte Cake:

Beat the eggs with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer. Slowly add sugar, vanilla sugar/extract, salt, and rum and mix until creamy.

Combine potato starch, baking powder, and flour.  Use a sieve to sift the the combined ingredients into the egg-sugar mixture. Mix well. Melt the margarine and add it slowly to the batter.

Fill the batter into a buttered Springform pan 26-28 cm (10-11 in). Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F) and bake the German Sandtorte Cake on the middle roast for 45-55 minutes. Turn the heat of the oven off.

Open the door of the oven and leave the cake for 10 more minutes in the oven before taking it out of the Springform pan. Place the cake on a cooling rack.

Batter for German Sandtorte Cake      

Melt the chocolate and shortening or coconut oil in a bain-marie. Brush the cake with the melted chocolate.

German Sandtorte Cake Recipe

Decoration for Halloween Cupcakes:

  • 24 ice cream cake cones (in grocery stores)
  • candy corn
  • sprinkles in Halloween colors
  • m&m minis
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) of white chocolate
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon of shortening OR coconut oil

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Preparation of Halloween Cupcakes:

Prepare the batter for the Halloween Cupcakes as described above.

Fill a 16-inch decorating bag with the cupcake batter. Using a batter dispensing tip, fill the base of the cake cones up until the first edge. (See picture below). It needs to be filled by more than the half, otherwise the batter will not rise above the top of the cone.

Stand all the cones on a baking sheet for small cupcakes or muffins.

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Bake your Halloween cupcakes on the middle rack for about 22-25 minutes at 180°C (360°F).


Have the chocolate (both white and semi-sweet) broken and placed each in a small metal bowl. Add some shortening to the chocolate, which makes it very smooth. Put each bowl in a pot of water (bain-marie) and melt the chocolate on the stove. Brush the chocolate onto the top of the cupcakes (half of your batch with white chocolate and the other half with semi-sweet). If you want to use more decoration, sprinkle it immediately onto the chocolate before it dries. and immediately sprinkle on the toppings. The toppings will stay securely in place once the chocolate hardens.

The recipe of the red wine chocolate cake is also ideal to make either a cake or cupcakes.

Halloween Cupcakes

Best Christmas Books for Children — According to Oma.

Best Christmas Books

This December, I’m starting a new campaign. I invite all families to turn off their TVs. Instead, take the time to reconnect with one another. Talk, decorate, bake, and if you have small children, read to them! The holidays are filled with magical moments—and some of my fondest memories are bundling up with our cups of hot cocoa and plates of cookies and getting lost in the pages of our favorite best Christmas books.

Even today, with my children fully grown, we still get together and read from a book of short stories called “Weihnachten” (Christmas). Our favorite story is The Gift of The Magi (Die Gabe Der Weisen) written by O. Henry. It’s a heartwarming tale of young married couple with very little money but very generous hearts. It’s about true love and true sacrifice. In this time of gift giving, I highly recommend it. Below are some timeless classic Christmas books along with several new favorites that I encourage you to share with your little ones. For me, there’s no greater joy than to watch my grandchildren’s eyes light up as the illustrations in the best Christmas books come to life in their heads. It’s the true spirit of Christmas.

A Christmas tradition. Reading “The gift of The Magi” – “Die Gabe der Weisen”

Best Christmas Books to read

The Twelve Best Christmas Books My Oma Gave To Me.

Click on the book titles to find out how to purchase the books.


Belle & Boo and the Very Merry Christmas by Mandy Sutcliffe

Frohe Weihnachten, kleiner Hase

Belle & Boo and the Very Merry Christmas by Mandy Sutcliffe


Legend of the Christmas Stocking by Rick Osborne

The Legend of the Christmas Stocking by Rick Osborne


The Night Before Christmas Classic Edition by Clement C. Moore

Die Nacht for dem Weihnachtsfest

The Night before Christmas by Clement C. Moore


The Elf on the Shelf by Carol V. Aebersold

The Elf on the Shelf by Carol V. Tebersold and Chanda A. Bell


The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen T.Pym Illustrator

“Die Schneekoenigin”

The Snow Queen by Christian Andersen


The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Edmund Dulac

Die Schneekoenigin

Children's Book The Snow Queen by Christian Andersen


The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houson

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston


The Christmas Owl by Angela Muse

The Christmas Owl by Angela Muse


The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert

Die wunderbare Weihnachtsreise

The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert


The Christmas Visitors by Karel Hayes

The Christmas Visitors by Karel Hayes


Santa is coming to Maryland by Steve Smallman (Also available featuring other states)

Santa is coming to Maryland by Steve Smallman


The Twelve Days of Christmas in Washington D.C. by Candice Ransom (Also available featuring other states)

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Washington, D.C. by Candice Random


Matchbox Advent Calendar

Matchbox Advent Calendar. Children will have a great “time” making this Advent Calendar. See why.

Matchbox Advent Calendar

A matchbox advent calendar counts the days until Christmas Eve—starting on the first of December and ending on December 24th. These calendars come in different shapes, sizes, and themes. Each day, a little door or window is opened—often revealing a special treat for children who greatly anticipate the coming of Christmas. This particular advent calendar is made with boxes— which can be filled with tiny goodies. Every day is a surprise. What will that little drawer reveal? That’s up to you. It’s all part of the magic of this heartwarming holiday.

More than a matchbox advent calendar, this unique holiday craft is also a clock that can help you teach little ones the time. The numbers on the matchboxes correspond with both hours and dates. Your children or grandchildren will love to play along—as they will soon understand that every 24 hours brings them one day closer to Christmas. Go ahead, put on some holiday music and make this advent calendar a family affair. They’ll be more than happy to lend you a hand in no time!

What you need to make a matchbox advent calendar:

  • Poster board (OR) any other type cardboard
  • Doily (14 inches)
  • Gift wrapping paper (in either solid colors or Christmas themes)
  • 24 empty matchboxes
  • 24 brads for drawers
  • 1 brad to hold the clock hands
  • Stickers with Christmas/winter themes
  • Stickers (OR) glitter glue for the numbers
  • String (about 16 inches for hanger)
  • All-puporse glue
  • Scissors
  • Compass
  • Thick darning needle

Making a Matchbox Advent CalendarInstructions:

Draw a circle of 13.5 inches on your cardboard and cut it out. If you want to cover it with paper, use your compass to draw two circles on the back of your wrapping paper—one that’s 13.5 inches in diameter and make the other 14.5 inches. Cut out the outer circle. Cut the lines between the two circles about 1 inch apart all the way around. This will be the edge that gets glued to the back of your cardboard. (SEE BELOW.)

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Center the doily on the front side and glue it down. Cut out two clock hands—one about 3 inches long and the other 2.5 long. Both should be a half inch wide. Center the large clock on the doily and glue it down at the 12 o’clock position. Use a brad to attach the smaller clock hand on top of the larger clock hand—in a way that it can be moved.

Take the tray inserts out of the matchboxes. Have the matchboxes covered and glued with wrapping paper and glue them evenly in a circle— starting with the 12 o’clock matchbox. (This will serve as the inner circle of matchboxes. Outer circle will come later.) The distance between the brad in the center and the lower edge of the matchbox should be 3 inches. With a darning needle, set the string just above the 12 0’clock matchbox—sewing from back to front and then front to back and tighten. The two loose ends are in the back. Make a knot and  use is as a hanger for the clock.

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Now, glue the outer circle of matchboxes onto the clock. (These should be set flush with the inner matchboxes.) Make a hole with your darning needle on one end of each matchbox drawer.  Attach one brad to each drawer and put the matchboxes together. (SEE BELOW.) You’re now ready to decorate the matchboxes. You can either write the numbers with glitter glue or simply use numbered stickers.

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You are ready to fill up the drawers of the matchbox advent calendar with some goodies.



Want to make another advent calendar? Try this one!

(Click photo for instructions.)

Displaying Matchbox Advent Calendar

St Martins Day Lanterns

St. Martin’s Day celebrated in Germany with lanterns. Sun, Moon, and Stars.

St Martins Day Lanterns

St Martins Day Lanterns are the highlight of Martin’s day in Germany. You can find the most beautiful lanterns displayed in store windows and available for sale inside. For this special German holiday, children also create St. Martin’s Day lanterns in kindergarten and grade school. They make them at home—and with friends—in all shapes, sizes, and themes. Everything and anything goes, as long as the lantern can hold a (battery-operated) candle. On November 11, the children then proudly parade their new creations around town on a stick.

I remember making them each year with my children. One year, the school my children attended forgot to order the lanterns from Germany in time for them to arrive in time for the St. Martin’s procession at school. Not a problem. I called up my friend and she helped me to make about 52 lanterns for the kindergarten class. We also cut out the clouds for the first graders—who later finished them in class with help from their teacher. Problem solved. Children happy. That’s what St. Martin’s Day is all about. After all, St. Martin of Tours was known as “a friend of the children.”

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Material needed to make your own St Martins Day lanterns:

  • Construction paper or poster board  55.8 cm X 71.1 cm – 22″ x 28 “
  • Cellophane wrap—available in arts & craft stores and party supply stores (OR) kite paper
  • dressmakers colored tracing paper (available at Walmart sewing department, stores with sewing supplies)
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife (available in art & craft stores and office supply stores)
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Stickers
  • Battery operated candle
  • Wire
  • Lantern Stencil click the link to copy or download pattern of lantern



Use the stencil and copy it 4 times with the tracing paper onto your construction paper/posterboard. On a separate sheet, draw a square about 6″ x 6″ to be used as the base of the lantern. Cut the pieces in raw form.


Use your craft knife and first start cutting along the interior lines marked in white on the stencil. (SEE ABOVE) Once you are done, use the scissors and cut the outside lines. Make sure to not cut along the folding edge. (SEE BELOW) Once you’ve finished, use the craft knife to make an edge on the surface of the folding lines, which makes it easier to fold them. Cut out the base of the lantern and draw two diagonal lines across it.


Spread glue on the outlines of the lantern (NOT ON THE FOLDING EDGES), place the cellophane foil over top of it. After having glued the foil, immediately use your craft knife and carefully guide it over the overlapping foil. Make sure not to cut too deep. Fold the outside edges towards the inside.

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Spread the glue on the side of the folding edges and attach them to each other. Continue until four sides are glued together.

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Take your ruler and measure the sides on the bottom of your lantern. Adjust the base to the sides of your lantern. If necessary, cut the overlapping edges. Glue the folding edges on the inside of your lantern, insert the base and affix. With a darning needle make two holes on opposite sides. Use the wire to make the handle of your lantern.

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You are ready to decorate your St Martins Day lanterns. Wishing you a Happy St. Martin’s Day. Yours, Oma

Making St. Martin's Day Lanterns

Bread Man Recipe St Martin's Day

Bread Man Recipe for Weckmaenner or Stutenkerle

Bread Man Recipe

Bread Man Recipe is used to bake Martin’s Men for the celebrations of St. Martin’s Day. In Germany they are called Weckmaenner or Stutenkerle.

Ingredients for Bread Man Recipe:

  • 500 g (1.1 lb) of flour, all-purpose 
  • 1 package of yeast, rapid rise
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 egg, XL
  • 1 egg white, XL
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) of butter OR margarine, melted 
  • 180ml (6 oz) of milk, lukewarm

Decorative ingredients:

  • raisins OR zante currants
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons of milk


Preparation of the Bread Man:

Sift flour into a bowl. Add sugar, yeast, a pinch of salt and mix it all together with a big spoon. Make a hole in the center, place the egg along with the egg white in the hole and cover with the flour. Warm the milk (lukewarm) and pour the milk into the bowl. Melt the butter in the microwave and add in the bowl. Knead the ingredients together with a handheld mixer using the kneading hooks. Cover with a towel and let the dough rise for about an hour, or until  it has doubled in size.

When ready, knead the dough again using your hands. Roll the dough with a rolling pin until it is a little more than a centimeter (0.4 in) thick. Use your cookie cutter (either 16,5 cm – 6.5 in or 14 cm – 5.5 in) and cut out your men. Place them on a baking sheet covered with baking paper. In order to give the men space to rise and not stick to each other, I usually do not place more than five men on one sheet (11 in x 17 in).

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Place the raisins for the eyes and the buttons on your men. Mix the egg yolk with 2 tablespoons of milk using a fork. Brush the men with the egg mixture.

Preheat the oven to 190-200°C (375-400°F). Place the baking sheet on the rack just above the middle. Bake the Stutenkerle prepared with the bread man recipe for about 15–20 minutes, depending on how dark you want to have the color of your Weckmänner. 


Serving your Bread Man Recipe on St Martin's Day





Great Children's Books Autumn

Ten Great Children’s Books Autumn and beyond. Fall Page Turners.

Great Children’s Books Autumn

Ten great children’s books autumn and beyond. As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, what better time to cozy up by the fireplace with your children or grandchildren and read a book from Oma’s library. The following list of recommended children books for fall and autumn include several about Thanksgiving. Not only do they tell the story of this important American holiday, these beautifully illustrated books also explain the importance of giving thanks and appreciating the blessings we have. Included in this list of great children’s books for autumn, as well, are some lovable classics and some new favorites the whole family will enjoy.

So, look through some of the recipes on and bake something sweet to go with your coffee or tea—and, of course, hot cocoa for the kids. It’s story time! One of the most memorable and cherished moments you can spend with your little ones while reading one of the great children’s books autumn and beyond.

Always thankful and always yours,


Click on the photos to enlarge. Click on the titled links to purchase.

(Some available in German!)

10 Great Children’s Books Autumn and beyond

1. Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne


2. The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward


3. The Very First Americans by Cara Ashrose


4. The Mayflower and the Pilgrims’ New World by Nathaniel Philbrick


5. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joice

Die fliegenden Buecher des Mr. Morris Lessmore


6. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen


7. Johnny the Clockmaker by Edward Ardizzone


8. Guess how much I love you? by Sam McBratney

Weiβt Du eigentlich, wie lieb ich Dich hab?


9. What do you do with an idea? by Kobi Yamada


10. Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin






Children's Books Summer

Summertime is story time: Oma’s Top 10 Children’s Books for summer reading.

Children’s Books Summer

Summer vacation is a great time to read and relax. The following collection of children’s books summer is a complement to other literary lists you’ll find in the “Children” section of my website.

The first book in this series is an amazing balloon journey to finding a lost sibling, followed by a creative explanation of how the colors came about in this world. The Little Man in the Map is a unique and whimsical approach to learning all of America’s fifty states. Next up is Charlotte, a young girl who fell overboard and is saved by a boy named Tim who becomes her friend. Another little girl is invited by flower fairies to join in their Midsummer festival. Jack comes up with a BIG plan to save a kingdom.

With Autumn just around the corner, meet Christopher, a boy who plays in the garden and encounters a “spirited” character named September. Finally, all the train cars are loaded up by animals, the crayons hysterically quit drawing, and the construction vehicles go to sleep after a very long workday.

These children’s books summer page-turning treasures are so beautifully told and illustrated that even adults can easily get lost in its magic. Some of the books in my Top 10 list are classics, while others are new delights to discover and share. (And yes, most of them are also available in German.) If interested, just click on the titles to be linked to an online store where purchases can be easily made.

As always, I wish you a lovely and memorable story time with your children (or grandchildren).

Yours, Oma

Ten magical additions, Children’s books summer, to your storied collection—compiled by your favorite “Deutsche Oma” (German Grandmother).

1. Where is my Sister? by Sven Nordqvist

Wo ist meine Schwester“?

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2. THE NUMBERLYS by William Joyce


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3. The Little Man In the Map by E. Andrew Martonyi

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4. TIM AND CHARLOTTE by Edward Ardizzone

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 “Das Blumenfest

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6. A bean, a stalk and a boy named JACK by William Joyce

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7. Christopher’s Harvest Time by Elsa Beskow

Lasse im Garten

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8. STEAM TRAIN, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Eisenbahn ins Traumland

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10. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

 “Gute Nacht Baustelle Gut’Nacht

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You can find more books for children recommended by Oma here.

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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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.


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.


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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First Day School Invitations

Make an invitation for a First-Day-of-School Celebration. It’s easy with these templates!

First Day School Invitations!

In Germany, the first day of elementary school is a major life event. One worthy of a celebration. Make your child feel extra special by adopting this German tradition. Have a First Day of School Party! Just like any fun-filled event, it starts with an invitation. Below you will find first day school invitations in a variety of colors, which I designed and prepared. Just pick your favorite by clicking the image to download. Then, just print, cut out, and decorate. These invitations are easy and fun to make, so get your child involved in the process. And get ready for a day they will never forget.

Click a template to download First Day School Invitations:

WhiteInvitation YellowInvitation PinkInvitation BlueInvitation GreenInvitation PurpleInvitation


1. Have your child pick the color he or she likes.

2. Cut out the school cone on the inside of the lines.

3. Fold in the center with the writing facing outside.

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4. Cut the top edge either straight or with pinking shears.

5. Cut ribbon width 1/8″ to make a bow on top.

Making First Day School Invitations

6. Decorate your invitation with your child’s choice of stickers and you’re ready to go.


What’s the First Day of School like in Germany?

The day usually starts with a special church service. Afterwards, there’s a welcome ceremony at school, hosted by the principal and classroom teachers—featuring performances by the older students. Following the ceremony, the children celebrate at home with close family, friends, and neighbors. And for a good reason! These children, after all, are entering a new and important phase of their lives—one that will help them grow and shape their future with a great education.

Whether in Germany, in America, or anywhere else in the world, let’s make sure our kids get the attention they deserve on this very special day. Send out invitations for their First-Day-of-School party!