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.
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. (cost varies by address), Canada for $20 and International for $27.
Sensory TheraPlay Box November 2018 Review
Each box includes a motivational quote card which I think is such a nice touch and this month we have a nice quote from Mr. Rogers. 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. On the back, they include a nice thank you and their contact information.
They always include a disclaimer card as well which I think is helpful in ensuring 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.
Sensory TheraPLAY Box Bendeez Stick - Retail Value $1.79, Listed Value $4.99
This rubbery stick is a nice bright orange with the Sensory TheraPlay name on it. The back is straight and smooth while the front is more rounded and although it is firm, you can bend this stick to form different shapes. It is a little tougher to move than other fidget toys, but it is silent and fun to manipulate. I think this would be a great non-distracting fidget toy for the classroom!
The Original Miracle Melting Putty in Shark - Retail Value $12.84, Listed Value $14.99
This putty is so fun and unique! I love that it comes in its own little case complete with one compartment for the putty and one for the little pieces to create a shark. This putty is not incredibly easy to work with so it will definitely be something that can occupy your hands a while as you play with it and try to mold it into a shark body. The little pieces are great for refining fine motor skills as you try to place them in the putty as it begins to lose shape.
Here you can see our shark and how he melted into a puddle after some time. Cute and silly!
Toysmith Wacky Tracks - Retail Value $5.95, Listed Value $7.99
This fidget toy bends and twists into so many different directions that it can keep your hands busy for quite some time! It does make a little bit of a clicking noise, so it's not as quiet as others we have received, but this one still serves the same purpose. I think the most unique part of this toy is that it bends into right angles which means you can create some really fun shapes that are more challenging.
Toysmith Cutie Face Spinner - Retail Value $3.99
This toy is just as cute as the name suggests! It's a little egg-shaped plastic ball with a ring and a hook on it so that you can attach it to a backpack to take it on the go. On the front, it features a little button that you push in causing the faces to spin until they stop on the next one. The spinning motion is meant to be relaxing and I found the clicking of the button to be satisfying too! We started with the cute sloth face and after pressing the button it spun several times until it stopped on this adorable hedgehog face. There are also two more cute animal faces that it could land on - perfect for a little visual stimulation!
Toysmith Slow Rising Squishie - Retail Value $4.99, Listed Value $8.99
This slow-rising squishie is adorable! They recommend using it as a self-regulation tool for children with ADHD since doing something physical with your hands can help improve concentration. I think a lot of people would benefit from using this adorable little guy!
Learning Resources Beaker Creatures 2-Pack with Bio-Home - Retail Value $9.99
This was an interesting and unique toy this month! We received a small Dino creature and another egg that contained a mystery creature.
We also received little identification cards and some posters with fun facts on the back about our creatures as well as a nice little bio-home to keep them in.
We dissolved our egg in some water which the kids enjoyed watching as it fizzed and revealed our creature which turned out to be a little bug.
Our creatures fit nicely in their new home and the magnifying glass on top helps us to see them a little better. This is a fun little science toy that kids can use to learn about identifying and classifying their creatures by observing specific characteristics. The visual stimulation of watching your creature appear makes this a nice sensory toy, although it still felt somewhat out of place in this box, other than being something completely new and unique like most toys we receive!
Verdict: There were some great fidget toys in this month's Sensory TheraPlay Box as well as some really unique toys like the melting shark and the beaker creature. I think that it's great they try to accommodate a variety of needs through toys that can help with ADHD or provide visual stimulation or help with fine motor development. 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, but I think most of these items would be appropriate and helpful for any kid. 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, and each month this box provides you with many opportunities to discover something that may work for them. I appreciate that we always discover something new each month. The cost of the box is $47.34 ($39.95 plus $7.39 shipping) and we received a total retail value of $39.55 which is a low this month, but I definitely think there is some value in the curation itself.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the December box.
Coupon – Use code WELCOME10 to get 10% off of your first box!
Value Breakdown: This box costs $39.95 + $7.39 shipping, which means that each of the 6 items in the box has an average cost of $7.89.
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