Sensory TheraPlay Box Review + Coupon – December 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. (cost varies by address), Canada for $20 and International for $27.
Sensory TheraPlay Box December 2018 Review
Each box includes a motivational quote card which I think is such a nice touch to offer some encouragement to those who might need it. 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.
Fun and Function Regulation Putty – Retail Value $19.99
This putty is meant to help support speech, color recognition, math and language activities as well as helping children to recognize and express their emotions. It is free of gluten, casein, latex, and soy and the putty itself is a bit stiff at first but easy to manipulate as it warms. There are nine different emotion faces to use which include happy, mad, confused, excited, scared, stressed, sleepy, alert, and embarrassed.
I love that everything can be contained inside the tin for easy storage and they even included an informative safety guideline sheet. They recommend hiding the pieces within the putty and then digging through to discover them. This is great for fine motor work to strengthen hands or even to provide a relaxation technique to an anxious child.
Play Visions Spin Cube – Listed Value $7.99
This fidget toy is fun and semi-quiet as you spin the red piece in the center and it can actually get quite fast once it gets moving! My husband and I both tried to get it to spin like a top, but neither of us was successful. They say it can spin freely for up to 40 seconds, which sounds awesome and is encouraging enough for us to keep trying!
Playable Art Mini Lollipopter in Huckleberry – Retail Value $9.95
This toy was oddly satisfying! I really love the colors in this one and it looks simple enough, but as you hold it by the wand and flick your wrist, each of those little, colored pieces moves and spins out creating a fun visual wave effect and also make lots of clicks that are appealing auditorily.
Here it is in “burst” mode after spinning the pieces out. I definitely found it to be a fun, calming and relaxing toy as I was able to manipulate the pieces and watch how they moved.
This fish is certainly a great sensory toy with its bright colors, two different textures and the nice floppiness to it. It’s super lightweight so when you pick it up, it really does flop on the end that is not supported and the silicone bristles are very soft. My two-year-old wanted to play with it and carry it everywhere while my 8-month-old wanted to mouth it all day. Too bad mommy wants to use it for its intended purpose of bathing and possibly even removing baby’s cradle cap which it says the shorter yellow bristles are capable of doing!
Here is the texture of the longer bristles, you can see they are a little thicker and have a different look and feel than the yellow side. This side is ideal for massaging and I definitely think this whole fish is very gentle and perfect for an infant’s sensitive skin or to use on someone who enjoys a lighter, more gentle touch. This fish is also mold and odor-resistant and BPA free!
Brick Textured Chew Necklace and Pencil Topper Set – Listed Value $17 (These weren’t branded, so I’m going by list price here, but I found a similar set here.)
These are something any Occupational Therapist or person working with children on the Autism spectrum might want to have in their toolbox! These chewy bricks are great for kids who like to mouth things and provide great textures for a more tactile experience. They can also be used as a simple fidget toy as well to help improve focus. I really liked that one of them is a pencil topper, which I think a lot of adults who chew pens would enjoy, while the other comes on a wearable cord.
The necklace actually adjusts which I thought was cool! It can get pretty small which is great for a younger kid or if you want to keep it close, or you can make it longer for an older kid as well. It also has a nice breakaway clasp feature for safety. These bricks are made without lead, phthalates, PVC, BPA or latex. I do wish that these had a hardness listed on them which is helpful when you have some who are stronger chewers than others.
Verdict: I thought there were a lot of useful items in this month’s Sensory TheraPlay Box, and also a few fun toys as well. I think that the sensory fish and the chewy bricks would be incredibly useful for children with sensory-processing issues while the spin cube, Lollipopter, and putty would be great for helping children with ADHD or anxiety. I think the putty would also be great for young children who are working on developing their fine motor skills or who are working on expressing their emotions. I appreciate that there was a great mix of items to address multiple needs. As usual, these were toys that any child- or adult – could appreciate and enjoy. This month the total value of our box came to $64.92 which I think is a decent value for a $47.34 ($39.95 plus $7.39 shipping) box. I especially enjoy the curation of such unique items each month, which I think adds a lot of value to this box.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the January box.
Coupon – Use code WELCOME10 to get 10% off of your first box!
Value Breakdown: This box costs $39.95 + $7.39 shipping, so this is what you are paying approximately per item:
- Putty: $14.58
- Spin Cube: $5.83
- Lollipopter: $7.26
- Sensory Fish: $7.27
- Bricks: $12.40
Alternatively, at $47.34 for this box that means each of the 5 types of items in the box has an average cost of $7.89.
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