Where did the craze for unicorns come from? What is so special about them that swathes of little girls (not to mention adults) want unicorn themed dresses and parties? I bet most of the little models from my Photography Gallery would tell you they have seen a real unicorn.
I’ve been doing some research about unicorns so that I can answer some crucial/crazy questions about these single-horned creatures.
1. Did they ever exist?
Ok, you got me. Officially unicorns are a myth (narwhals notwithstanding). Your daughter might disagree – if they never existed then how do we know so much about them? We know what they look like, their magic powers, and even what they eat! Here’s (link) a hilarious discussion about oats, grass and rainbow cake (as unicorns are known poo rainbows, obviously).
From Harry Potter to CBeebies, unicorns drop rainbow coloured turds all over art and literature and are even one of the symbols of Scotland. Now you tell me, if they weren’t real would that even be possible? All the evidence points to a land once full of unicorns.
“Unicorns don’t care if you believe in them
any more than you care if they believe in you.”
(Regal Unicorn, Magic the Gathering Card)
2. Ok, I’ll confess. They’re not real. So what is their meaning?
Unicorn just means one horn. Allegedly they have powers to purify water, a power so far only shared by Brita. They also connect to both masculine and feminine energy so… No, I’m none the wiser.
One of my searches led me down a dating app rabbit hole. It seems that the term ‘Unicorn Girl’ has a more adventurous meaning there, and definitely nothing to do with rainbow coloured cupcakes…odd considering unicorns have always been associated with purity!
3. How do you survive a kid’s unicorn obsession?
Ordinarily, you’d expect kids to move on from their obsessions reasonably quickly. Unicorns though? You can cross your fingers that this will just be like the usual horse/pony obsession that so many young kids experience and you’ll be onto Monster High dolls in no time. But if Instagram’s anything to go by then this might not be an obsession that they move on from in the expected time frame.
You already know few facts about unicorns, so you’re a great person to engage with this obsession. If your kid tells you in wide-eyed wonder that they saw a real unicorn, you should really play along. Don’t deny their existence– and try not to laugh!
Before you move on to the budget-ruining stage of buying a pony and strapping a horn onto its head, check out these other options to make your kid the happiest unicorn lover ever:
Organise a unicorn-themed birthday party. There are a gazillion unicorn ornaments for sale online, and lots of party games involving unicorns too!
Decorate their room to suit their obsession – and no, it doesn’t have to be pink! Dunelm sell awesome unicorn duvet covers, and Pinterest is full of ideas for unicorn bedrooms
Get some really cute unicorn slippers or this unicorn picnic set. Unicorns really are everywhere. If you’re looking for a gift for a unicorn-loving child, your only real problem is how to make a choice!
Let them ride a horse. Stables are happy to arrange treks, and some have pony days that are suitable for the youngest unicorn lovers. If your child loves it you can book a block of lessons. You never know, your child might want to step up to the responsibility of looking after a pony properly and help out around the yard. If you are looking for a suitable place around Reading check out this Equestrian Centre or visit RKD Ponies.
So, are you a unicorn expert now? Can you survive your child’s obsession and answer all questions with confidence? Do you know where to look for ideas and inspiration?
Or perhaps there is something else you would like to know? Let know in the comments!:)