Tractatie ideas

In my country kids may not bring treats in school, even if its for your birthday. When I was little I had a birthday dinner with my family. I didn’t have parties with friends till I got much older. When I became a mother in the Netherlands I realized a big difference between Japan and Netherlands in celebrating own birthday. Good thing here is that you can enjoy your birthday many times. Dutch kids would celebrate their birthday with the family, bring some treats (tractatie in Dutch) to school to celebrate with your classmates and organize a party and invite some close friends. It’s a lot of treats and cakes to prepare for the parents but you can have fun with it if you have good ideas.

Here are some examples of fun ‘tractatie’.

Don’t forget to share the fun with your kids!


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Fun ideas to share

I like making things especially for kids. It’s a fun process to gather ideas, research around, simplify it and make a form to the final idea. In my daily life I’m trying to make my original ‘Tractatie’ ( a Dutch word for treats) if the time allows.

Here are some pics from my pinterest board to share. Hope it’s inspiring your imagination!