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Junior Rubbing Plates

Junior Rubbing PlatesJunior Rubbing Plates are a great way to explore geometric textures with simple animal pictures! These plates are designed to enhance several skills while learning about six featured animals. The Junior Rubbing Plates can help with fine motor skills, create line art, and also encourage touch-sensory development. Our Junior Rubbing Plates include a butterfly, cat, bird, elephant, fish and a zebra. These plates are easy to use just follow these simple instructions.

Junior Rubbing Plates Instructions:

  1. Tape down a Junior Rubbing Plates of your choice onto a flat surface
  2. Place a sheet of paper over the top of the Junior Rubbing Plate
  3. Tape a piece of paper to the rubbing plate for added stability while rubbing
  4. Rub a crayon, pencil crayon or pastel across the paper. The trick is to use broad but light strokes while rubbing.

Junior Rubbing Plates are great in assisting those that are visually impaired. The textures help those users to explore the rubbing plates with their fingertips before making a rubbing design. Users are encouraged to use different colors in their masterpiece. Rubbing across a desired texture area helps to make unique art projects and collages.

Junior Rubbing Plates Features:

  • Ages 2+
  • Includes guide and 6 rubbing plates
  • Dimensions are 8½ x 11” (21.5 x 28 cm)
  • Enhances fine motor skills
  • Helps creates fine art prints and rubbings to use in various art activities
  • Explores a range of animal textures
  • Develops descriptive vocabulary
  • Learn about animal attributes
  • Combines colors and experiment with rubbings on a variety of media

Click here to fill out the entry form and good luck. The application tends to work better when the form is filled out on a computer rather than a tablet or phone. At the end of each week, one lucky fan will be notified by eSpecial Needs that you have won. No duplications will be counted. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. Sweepstakes ends 1-17-2016.

Lap Lander Weighted Pillow Giveaway

Lap LanderLap Lander Weighted Pillows provide gentle pressure on muscles and joints. Designed for kids, pillow aids in postural stability, increases attention span and arousal for learning. The Medium Lap Lander is designed to lay on the user’s lap and extend to their upper thigh/knee area through the added length. There is no color choice for this giveaway.

Lap Lander Features:

  • Juvenile printed fabric is embellished with puff paint for sensory input
  • Separate pockets to occupy fingers/hands
  • Weight bag easily removable
  • Machine wash and dry
  • Safely weighted with popcorn seed
  • 9″ x 18″, 4 lbs.

** Disclaimer** These blankets should be used with direction or advice of a therapist, and should only be used while under adult supervision.


Just fill out the entry form and good luck. At the end of the month one lucky fan will be notified by eSpecial Needs that you have won. You will have 14 days to claim your price. No duplications will be counted. Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sweepstakes ends January 31, 2015.

eSN To Provide Assessments for Cycle St. Louis on January 9th and 30th

eSpecial Needs, in partnership with the Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis, is proud to announce the first ever Cycle St. Louis events on January 9th and 30th. We’ll be on hand to provide assessments to riders young and old of all abilities and suggest a great bike or trike they can use to join us for the many other great events planned for this year!

Cycle St. Louis is a brand new endeavor made up of St. Louis organizations dedicated to creating cycling opportunities for children and adults with special needs in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Our goal is simple: provide training and access to any rider who wants it, as well as promote public awareness of the importance of cycling to their health and well-being. Through community rides, safety events and assessment opportunities, we’re hoping our kick-off year helps lots of individuals get out and riding.

These first Cycle St. Louis assessment events will be a great way to discover some great adapted cycles and find out what’s out there for individuals of varying abilities. Attendees can also get an assessment from eSpecial Needs to help families find the best, most appropriate trike or bike for their loved one’s needs.

All assessments must be scheduled before the event, so please call for an appointment for either the 9th or the 30th at (636) 343-TASK. Then, come out to the event at TASK (Team Activities for Special Kids) in Fenton, Missouri for these exciting cycling events!

For more information, call the Recreation Council directly at (314) 726-6044. You can also download the event flyer and Cycle St. Louis brochure to read more about Cycle St. Louis. And don’t forget to watch out for other great events in the coming months!