Sensory TheraPlay Box Review + Coupon – September 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 September 2018 Review
Each box includes a motivational quote card which I think is such a nice touch and just might provide someone with much-needed encouragement! 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.
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, for example, which means not all items will be safe for them.
Fun and Function Bumpy Gel Cushion – Retail Value $24.99
This cushion is meant to provide a seat that encourages fidgeting. It is filled with tiny gel balls, which are actually pretty hard, and as they squirm on the cushion, they move around. Children can also use their hands to feel the balls moving within the disc. It has a little bit of weight to it, so it can also be used as a lap pad.
It is definitely a child-sized item as you can see it is just about perfect for my four-year-old (who is big for her age). I sat on it for a minute and definitely get how it could be a good fidget seat for a child, which might help improve concentration.
These oversized pencils are so cute and smell amazing! Each pencil is heavily scented and comes in its own plastic case to help contain the scent. The pencils are slightly thicker and heavier than your average pencil, which might make it easier to hold and they came pre-sharpened.
Here is a closer look at the design. It is just a simple Tsum Tsum sticker wrapped around the top. The cases all have the scent sticker on the top and a matching color on the bottom so it is easy to figure out which tube each pencil belongs in.
This is the cutest pouch with the little monster face! It is so fun and I love the bright orange color. This is a great pouch for teaching fine motor skills, practicing zipping or just providing a fidget outlet for improved concentration. It’s not a super loud zip either, so it won’t be too distracting.
This actually unzips the entire way and while it looks like a mess, it actually zips back up rather easily.
Innobaby Spike Pencil Grip and Topper – Retail Value $7.99
This is another great fidget set with both a topper and a grip for your pencil. The silicone bristles are soft, flexible, and fun to play with since they are so full. The grip will be great for those with weaker muscles or a tight grip to help with writing. These are made with food-grade silicone and are hypo-allergenic, non-toxic, and free of BPA, phthalates, latex, and odor. The silicone is actually antibacterial and these can be cleaned easily, which is great because I can see how tempting it would be to put that topper right into your mouth!
Schylling Squish the Frog – Listed Value $3.99 (found here for $1.29. I could not find this on the Schylling site, but I think that the listed value is fair considering a similar item, Squeezy Peezy, is listed for the same price.)
This frog is squishy on the outside but not sticky. The clear part is getting a bit cloudy after multiple squishes, but it is not dirty in the everything sticks to it kind of way, which I definitely appreciate! The inside is filled with these tiny gel beads, it really reminds me of bubble tea, but smaller bubbles.
When you squish him, you get a closeup of the beads and can see them moving which is really cool. This is another fun fidget toy that makes a nice squishing sound when you play with it.
Crazy Aaron’s Blue Moon Phantom Thinking Putty – Retail Value $15.00
This is quite possibly the coolest toy that I’ve received from a subscription box so far! This is designed to help with fine motor skills and provide anxiety relief. It is also an awesome visual motor activity, as you’ll see below.
I had to dig through the putty to find the included light and I thought that my putty was a mess that couldn’t be fixed, but fortunately, the firmer texture made it easy to get out of the tin and roll into a ball that I could easily mold.
Next, I used the light and aimed it at my putty for a few seconds. When I removed it, I was left with a magical blue spot where the light hit it. So cool!
And if that wasn’t cool enough for you, the blue spot glows in the dark! They recommend writing on the putty and drawing with the light since you don’t actually need to hold it on there or anything, but just a quick shine on the putty leaves a blue glow. This is called phantom because the blue actually disappears after some time so you can do this over and over again. I love it and am definitely going to look into other types of this putty!
Verdict: This was another great month of toys from our Sensory TheraPlay Box. I feel like each month, I discover something really fun and cool that I didn’t know existed and for that reason, I always find it to be such a great value since someone is curating and doing the hard work for me and we get to just enjoy! 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. Back to school is the perfect time to send such a wide variety of fidget toys and I think it would be hard not to find at least one item that would work for your child. If you are working with a child who has sensory-processing issues you know that there are probably certain items or textures that appeal to them and others that they may truly dislike, but what’s great about this box is that with such a range of materials, you may discover something new that works for them. The cost of the box is $47.34 ($39.95 plus $7.39 shipping) and we received a total value of $69.95, which I think is awesome for so many fun and useful items this month!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the October box.
Coupon – Use code WELCOME to get 10% off of your first box!
Value Breakdown: This box costs $39.95 + $7.39 shipping to MD, which means that each of the 6 items in the box has an average cost of $7.89.
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