Kevin the Unicorn: It’s not All Rainbows

Kevin the Unicorn:

It’s Not All Rainbows

by: Jessika von Innerebner

Dial Books for Young Readers



Have you hopped on the unicorn bandwagon yet? It seems like unicorns are everywhere right now, and they don’t look like they’ll be leaving anytime soon. Why would they? Unicorns are beautiful, perfect, and the epitome of all things happy…right?

As Kevin the Unicorn can tell you, unicorns are just people too. Everyone has bad days. Everyone gets grumpy. Sometimes everyone needs to take a calming break; even unicorns.

In conjunction with the release and blog tour of this amazing chat about the beauty of imperfection, I have been asked to create a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) item. Using items from around the house, my daughter (7) and I created a calming bottle.



– An empty and clean bottle (We used a water bottle)

– Water

– Vegetable Oil

– Beads, Beans, Glitter, or other additives (garbanzo beans are a little too heavy)

– Food Coloring (optional)

– Glue ( To secure the lid)

Step One: 

Using the funnel, fill the bottle about 1/2 to 3/4s of the way full of vegetable oil.


Step Two:

Add Beans, beads, etc to your bottle. Throw some glitter in for funsies.


Step Three: 

Finish filling the bottle with water and add your food coloring.


Step Four: 

Secure the lid to the bottle and shake.



This simple to make, simple to use calming bottle can help focus energy and calm down people (and unicorns) of all ages as they watch the glitter, water, and oil come together and slowly separate again.


May you all have magical, awesome, super sparkly days!