Sensory TheraPlay Box Review + Coupon – July 2018
Sensory TheraPlay Box is a monthly subscription service for children on the autism spectrum, or with sensory processing issues.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Sensory TheraPlay Box
The Subscription Box: Sensory TheraPlay Box
The Cost: $39.95 a month + shipping. Save with 3 and 6-month subscriptions.
COUPON: Use code WELCOME to save 10% off your first box!
The Products: An assortment of toys and other items curated by a pediatric occupational therapist, which are focused on sensory and tactile experiences
Ships to: U.S. and Canada. Shipping rates vary by address.
Sensory TheraPlay Box July 2018 Review
At the top of the box was a little motivational quote card which I thought was a nice touch! They also included this booklet which lists all of the items, their value and provides a brief description of them. I like that they also included pictures of each item as well as a link to the website where they can each be found.
The back of the booklet included their contact info and they also included this Disclaimer card. I think it’s great that they included this to ensure that materials are used properly. I have a background in Education and taught Special Education, so I think it’s important that they note that you are responsible for determining if it is appropriate for your child. Every child has different needs and some may mouth things more than others which means not all items will be safe for them.
Rubik’s Bear Jr – Retail Value $12.95
This toy has some versatility in that it can be a challenging (less so than the original) activity for them or provide them with a fidget toy to manipulate with their fingers.
The bear is really cute and is similar to the traditional Rubik’s Cube, yet it is larger with less moving pieces, making it much easier for kids to solve. This was a unique toy and I think it’s one that would work well for fidgeting hands or as entertainment for any child.
Pocket Pups – Listed Value $3.50
This little pup has a rubbery texture on the outside and is squishy so a child can squeeze it all they want. The detail on this guy is great and really cute. This is another toy that’s perfect for almost any kid. My 2-year-old loved it especially.
This is like a giant bouncy ball with bumps. This is to ensure that the ball bounces in varying and unpredictable directions.
This is recommended for hand-eye coordination and visual motor skills which it seems perfect for. This wasn’t an incredibly bouncy ball either so it didn’t go too high like some bouncy balls, which made it a little bit more manageable to run after. This would be really fun to play with outdoors.
Educational Insights PlayFoam Pals 2 Pack – Listed Value $9.99 (Not sure why it is listed as $9.99 since it is listed as $7.99 on the Educational Insights site).
This is a great tactile toy that feels really nice in your hands since it is somewhat soft, plus it was exciting to dig to find a surprise pal inside each tube. This is meant to provide proprioceptive input to the hands and joints through squeezing, pressing, rolling and manipulating the material.
These are basically little foam balls that have a slight stickiness to them so that you can mold them into different shapes. I was a little worried at first that it would be messy, but the balls stick together pretty well. My kids enjoyed playing with this a lot and loved the cute little characters that came inside. I wouldn’t recommend using this with a child who puts things in their mouths since the little balls will separate if you pick them apart.
Sensory Genius Sensy Band – Retail Value $5.95
This band is basically a sensory slap bracelet that is made out of silicone bristles.
This felt a little awkward on my wrist, but I really liked just running my fingers over the bristles. One side had shorter bristles, while the other side had longer bristles. It was a great tactile experience and I definitely think that it would be a great sensory tool. Since it is made of one silicone piece it might even be safe for a child who puts things in their mouth a lot to use, with supervision, of course. The band also had small holes on either side so you could probably attach this to a necklace or bookbag so that it can travel with them and be readily available for a child.
Eco-Dough, Moon – Retail Value $9.99
This stuff is great! It is made from all natural ingredients which means a little more peace of mind if a child does happen to eat it. This is very similar to play-doh, but this is much smoother and I think easier to work with. This is a perfect tool for working on fine motor skills and is also recommended for stress relief. I have always found working with clay or dough to be very relaxing myself, so I think this is a great item for kids to take a break with.
There was a decent amount in each container to work with. I found it to be incredibly pliable and to stick together much better than traditional play-doh. It also has a more pleasant scent which can probably be attributed to the use of rosemary oil.
Verdict: This box was a little all over the place in terms of what sensory needs they met and which age groups it would be appropriate for, but I really liked every single item. This box is meant to help children self-regulate and while it is especially geared towards children on the Autism spectrum and/or those with sensory, hyperactivity or anxiety issues, I think most of these items would be appropriate and helpful for any kid. If I were still teaching, I would love to have access to a box like this to help my students, whether they were those with special needs or not. Having a range of items is great because you never know what might work for your child and since this could change from day to day or even minute to minute when you are working with a child with special needs. This was my first Sensory TheraPlay Box and I was surprised at how many items we received and also how reasonably priced they were. The cost of the box is $47.34 ($39.95 plus $7.39 shipping) and we received a total value of $49.38. While this isn’t much over the cost of the box, I think there is definitely some value in having someone curate a collection of items that I might not have discovered on my own otherwise.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the August box.
Coupon – Use code WELCOME to get 10% off of your first box!
Value Breakdown: At 47.34, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Rubik’s Bear: $12.42
- Pocket Pup: $3.36
- Street Ball: $6.70
- Foam Pals: $9.58
- Sensy Band: $5.70
- Eco-Dough: $9.58
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