Why Are Unicorns So Popular?

Why Are Unicorns So Popular?

Everyone seems to have gone crazy over unicorns, which got us wondering, how have we ended up in the middle of this unicorn trend?

Where did it come from and why do people seem to love unicorns so much? Rare and majestic, unicorns are powerful, graceful, and mysterious.

The unicorn appeared in early Mesopotamian artworks, and it also was referred to in the ancient myths of India and China, and was described as early as 400BC (although – and close your eyes at this point unicorn lovers – it was probably an Indian rhinoceros).

In July last year the search term ‘unicorn’ overtook ‘mermaid’ in popularity on Google for the first time ever, and popularity isn’t just with the cute and cuddly, unicorn tattoos are becoming increasingly popular.  If you have a daughter or granddaughter under the age of 18 in your family, you will undoubtedly be very familiar with these mystical creatures!

Visually appealing, fantastic, and soothingly pastel in colour, what’s not to love about the unicorn?

Fortunately for you, unicorns no longer have to be lured from magical forests by pure maidens, Oh My Gift has a range of products you can personalise for your child (even if they are over 18!).  Check them out HERE.

 

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Being Positive to Help Your Child Settle into School

Being Positive to Help Your Child Settle into School

The first day of school is upon us and some families have been dreading its arrival. Not because warm (indeed positively hot!) Summer days filled with swimming and barbecues are dwindling, but because school-related anxieties begin to surface.  Especially for the first timers.

Parents need to stay positive about school and talk to their children.  Tell them they are going to learn to draw and write, sing songs and have play dates if they go to school.  Happiness is king.  Let your children know how much fun school will be and all the new friends they will meet. If a child has an older sibling in school, have the sibling talk to the child about breaktime and all the fun that is had during the school day. If parents express fear or anxiety their children will pick up on this and become afraid and nervous.

Above all this is a very personal experience.  There is no hand book to help your child specifically, everyone is unique from their personality, to their home life and their life experiences to date, however limited their years!  We at OMG are huge believers in instinct and knowing what’s right for your child.  Yes, by all means take guidance, but do what’s in your heart as the best for your child.

We also love sending kids to school with personalised products!  Not only does this provide a bit of pride and comfort, but also helps to destress that visit to the dreaded ‘lost property’ cupboard!  Check out our back to school gifts here.

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How to Teach Kids to Tell the Time

How to Teach Kids to Tell the Time

Telling time is a tricky business, especially for kids.  Here’s the advise from WikiHow:

Kids need to be able to count to 60 (in the correct order!) in order to tell time. Have your child write down the numbers 1 through 60 on a piece of paper. As they write each number, have them recite the number as well. Post this piece of paper on a wall and have them recite the numbers regularly.

  • While you are out in public, like at the grocery store, point out double-digit numbers and have your child repeat the number to you.
  • Use counting songs to help your child practice counting. For instance, you could sing, “100 Bottles of Milk” together. Look for other counting songs online.
  • To encourage your child to learn, make sure to reward them with playtime or their favorite snack for doing a good job.

 

Practice counting by fives. Understanding groups of five will also make learning to tell time much easier. Have your child write down increments of five on a sheet of paper up to 60. As they write the numbers, have them recite them as well. Make sure to point out that each number either ends in a 5 or a 0.

  • Make a special “Count by 5s” song to a catchy tune your kid can sing along to. You can even add dance moves to the song; for example, at every quarter, you put your hands in the air or stomp your feet. Sing this song regularly with your kid to help them become comfortable with counting by 5s.
  • You can also find song about counting by fives online, such as on YouTube.

 

Teach them the general concept of time. General concepts of time are the morning, noon, the evening, and nighttime. Familiarize your kid with these concepts by associating each concept with certain activities. Then quiz your kid by asking them when certain things happen.[3]

  • For example, “In the morning we eat breakfast and brush our teeth. At noon, we eat lunch and take a nap. At night, we read a book and go to sleep.”
  • You can ask your kid, “What happens in the morning?” and “What happens at night?”
  • You can post a daily schedule chart so your child has a visual that shows the different things they do during the day. Refer to the chart when explaining the times of various daily events.

 

There’s plenty more to it of course.  I remember my father using my mother’s lipstick to write on the glass front of our kitchen clock, ‘to’ and ‘past’ as part of my learning.

But these days there are plenty of aids, and we particularly like the learning clocks available (Click here to see them!)

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The magic of the Tooth Fairy is exciting for children (and adults!)

The magic of the Tooth Fairy is exciting for children (and adults!)

It is often a worrying time for small children when their first teeth become loose and fall out, so in order to turn it into something exciting, we rely on the story of the Tooth Fairy we can turn it into a happy time for them!

Long ago it was usual to bury the child’s tooth in the ground, it was said that this would encourage a new tooth to grow in its place, it would also prevent a wicked witch getting hold of it and putting a curse on them!

In recent times, this evolved into us ‘burying’ the tooth under the child’s pillow, and when the child was asleep the Tooth Fairy would exchange it for a coin. This goes back to Viking times when a tooth fee was paid to children for their little teeth, which were worn as necklaces to give strength in battle.

The wearing of children’s teeth around the neck is markedly less popular today, (although we know some parents who have made necklaces out of their children’s teeth!).  At OMG HQ, we prefer to think that they go to build Fairy Castles in the sky or are scattered in the Heavens and turn into little stars!

Check out our tooth fairy pots CLICK HERE.  When the child awakes they can open the box to find that coins have been left by the Fairies and the tooth has gone… now that’s magic!

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Why reading to children is so important

Why reading to children is so important

There is no more important activity for preparing your child to be a keen reader than reading aloud together. And there is nothing better than that bit of quiet quality one on one (or one on several!) time.  If your children are different ages, try and get one on one time if you can so that each one is stimulated with stories that are appropriate for their ability – not too easy/boring and not too hard to follow!

And on the subject of boring, don’t forget to pick books that you enjoy reading too!  Children will be more engaged if they think you are enjoying it too.  Repeating the same book on diggers can tax even the most patient parent, so encourage them to try and variety of texts.

Teaching and encouraging your child to read is not the responsibility of the school, although clearly that plays a critical part too.  Reading with another family member out of the school environment is just, if not more, important.

Starting early

At just a few months of age, an child will listen to you talking, look at pictures, and start pointing to objects they see in the books. Encourage them to do this, extend this to drawing these objects with them and point at those objects, if possible, in real life.  All this helps the youngster associate words with language and communication.  

But it doesn’t have to be real world content!  Reading books stimulates children’s imaginations and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. When the rhythm and melody of language become a part of a child’s life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk and talk.

Even after children learn to read by themselves, it’s still important for you to read aloud together. By reading stories that are on their interest level, but beyond their reading level, you can stretch young readers’ understanding and motivate them to improve their vocabulary.

Questions, questions…

Hopefully your child will start asking questions or talk about the story beyond the text itself.  This is stimulating creating thinking and comprehension and should be heartily encouraged!

Oh My Gift sells a range of personalised children’s books to stimulate their enjoyment of reading and story telling.  By including them personally within the story, we hope to encourage them to read even more!  CLICK HERE to view our range of titles.

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