Chris here again with some fun news for fellow German teachers. I'm sure you know what a Schultüte is. If not, here is a bit of background info from German World:
"On their first day of school German kids receive a “SCHULTÜTE”, a large cardboard cornet filled with sweets and little presents. In Germany and Austria the “Schultüte” is a common treat. It is a tradition dating back to 1810, children were told that there is a “Schultütentree” and when they are tall enough it is high time for their first day in school."
Their post on Schultüten also has a nice description of how to make one. This could be a fun activity for those teaching German to younger children or even as a mini-Schultüte for high school students.
There is also a company called KinderCone which sells them in the U.S. They are definitely worth checking out.