Mario went back to school a few weeks ago and was very excited! He was especially excited to start Grade 1; to see his friends; and, to get a Schultüte. I made Mario a Schultüte the first year we moved to Germany; however, this large cone-shaped surprise is traditionally given to children on their first day of 1st Grade, to make the first day of primary school a little sweeter. Since Mario officially entered the first grade this year, I made him a very special Plankton Schultüte filled with toys, popcorn, candy and school supplies. Mario is currently obsessed with Spongebob Square Pants, specifically Plankton, so a Plankton Schultüte is exactly what he wanted. I couldn’t find a Plankton Schultüte for inspiration, so I looked to Plankton himself and was able to create Mario a Schultüte he said was “perfect” and one which he will never forget! It truly was a special treat for his first day of first grade! I love the German tradition of making and giving a Schultüte on the first day of school. Do you have any traditions for your little ones when they go back to school? Whether you do or not, I hope your little ones have a Great School Year!