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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.

Waboba Street Ball – Listed Value $7 (found here for $6.67)

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

Check out all of our Sensory TheraPlay Box reviews and the Kids Subscription Box Directory for other activity and educational boxes to try!

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Written by Brandi Dowell

Brandi Dowell

Brandi has loved the idea of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013. Now that she’s a mother of 3, she loves finding unique boxes to educate and entertain her kids while enjoying some more pampering boxes for herself. Her favorites these days are Lillypost, KiwiCo boxes & Wicked Good Perfume!

Posted in Sensory TheraPlay Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Kids| Tags: sensory theraplay box | 8 comments

Comments (8)

  1. I have a child with sensory issues and a neurotypical child. This box is so amazing that they literally fight over these toys! I truly cannot say enough great things about this box! They are currently constantly introducing me to new items – and I feel like I’m always researching for her needs, so this is wonderful. Their customer service is excellent. My neurotyipical kid is even a bit older (14) and she loves them. I would honestly say, these boxes are great for any child. And if they fit your budget, I wouldn’t hesitate to try one out. One the rare occasion my kids don’t want something, it is easy to find a friend who does. ❤️

    • Thanks so much for sharing your experience! That’s great to know that your family is benefiting from this box! 🙂

  2. My six year old son has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and ADHD and he and I both love receiving the Theraplay box each month. While some of the items don’t specifically target his needs, the vast majority do. We gift the occasional item that don’t fit his needs to friends that would benefit from them. We consistently receive items that either I didn’t know existed or didn’t realize how helpful they would be. This box continues to be an invaluable resource and I truly appreciate the thought and that goes into produces this box each month!

    • That’s so great to know that you and your son have found the items helpful! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. I totally agree. I have a son, who has low spectrum autism, with sensory issues. Would like to see a review by someone, who has a child who has similar issues.

  4. Informative, but it would be so much more helpful if this were reviewed by someone who has a child in the target demographic for this box. Understanding how a child with true, diagnosed issues with regard to sensory processing/ being on the spectrum would react to and use these materials would be so helpful vs speculation.
    As a parent who has child that had diagnosed sensory processing issues that were treated by a occupational therapist, it feels like a major opportunity is lost by not finding someone to review this in that target group.

    • I have a child on the autism spectrum and found these review to be very helpful in terms of just showing what is in the box. That’s all I need in a review for a box like this. Special needs children are all different and a toy that could be a indispensable for one kid could be of no interest to another.
      FWIW I got this box and my child with ASD showed little or no interest in all the toys, but my neurotypical child who is more the target age enjoyed them and I am glad to have them on hand for when my child with ASD grows into them. Just like all my subs I get this one for convenience as well as anything else.

    • Hi! I appreciate your comment and completely understand your concerns! I do have experience working with children with these types of issues, and one thing I’ve learned is that every single child is so different and has different needs and responses to various stimuli. These items really needed to be evaluated on an individual basis to determine how effective they will be. Hopefully this is still somewhat helpful in showing you what types of items are in the box so that you can make the best choice for your child! 🙂

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