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Sensory TheraPlay Box Review + Coupon – October 2019

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 $22

Sensory TheraPlay Box October 2019 Review

 

We received this one-page insert which includes photos of our items on the front with brief descriptions of them along with their retail values on the back. They also included their contact information and have made an eco-friendly move by incorporating their disclaimer, which used to arrive on a separate card, onto the page as well!

They always send a nice little motivational card each month. I absolutely love this month’s card because it is from one of my favorite books, Giraffes Can’t Dance, and this is such a sweet quote if you are familiar with the story!

 

Playfoam Pluffle – Listed Value $7.99 (Buy a 2 pack here for $15.99)

The first item in our box is this tube of Pluffle. I would describe the texture of this as what it might feel like if you were to grate up a piece of foam. It is soft and has some fun sparkles throughout it and when you flip the tube upside down it looks like it’s wiggling thanks to the way it moves. You can also squish it together in your hands and the claim is that this stuff will never dry out. This is a good toy for tactile sensations or simply used as a calming activity when kept in the tube and flipped. Since our box seems to have a bit of a Halloween theme, I think this black color with gold sparkles was a fun choice!

Here you can see how it seems to wiggle and move in my hand.

 

Paint by Sticker Kids: Halloween – Retail Value $9.95 (Found here for $8.67)

This next Halloween-themed item is a paint by sticker book which is completely unique to us! Inside the book, there are several spooky images, ghosts, black cats, spiders, and bats all of which are segmented into different shapes with numbers inside each one. You are to find the corresponding sticker sheet, which is perforated for easy tear-out, and then use the numbered stickers to fill in the shapes and create a mosaic-like artwork. This one is helpful in strengthening visual perception skills and especially for working on fine motor skills as some of the stickers and spaces are quite small!

 

This was pretty challenging for my daughter, but a great exercise in number recognition and shape matching. You do have to rotate the stickers to fit since they aren’t laid out the same way on the sticker sheet which made for an added challenge. I thought this was a great activity and one that you could easily work on with a child if it is above their ability level. These are also fun because some of the images also glow in the dark like our little ghost there!

 

Fidgety Paper – Retail Value $7.49

I’m not sure if this is meant to be a “Halloween” item, but all I can think of when I look at this pattern is Jack Skellington‘s suit, so to me, it is very fitting! This fidgety paper is much like the crinkly paper you can find inside many infant toys. It makes a nice, satisfying crinkle and the square itself is soft to the touch for a more comforting tactile experience. The noise is quite loud for such a small square, but the nice size lends itself to traveling easily.

 

ScentCo Air Dough: Sea Animals– Retail Value $9.99 (Found here for $7.99)

This air dough kit was so nice! It was a complete package full of everything we needed to create the sea creatures on our box. They even included a nice color mixing chart on the side of the box.  This dough is so soft and lightweight and very easy to work with. It is actually an air dry clay that dries to a slightly softer clay form after 24 hours.

 

They provided a complete set of tools for us to use including a roller, tweezers and a few knives, three pairs of googly eyes, and a step-by-step guide to completing three different sea animals; a crab, a fish, and a turtle. There were also 7 different colors of dough, although technically we received two greens, which I’m wondering if that was a mistake since we didn’t have a color similar to the turtle’s body color.

 

Here are our creations! The dough was not messy at all and the colors actually mixed well together to create new colors which were fun to experiment with.

 

Slinky Pop Toobs (2)- Retail Value $4.38 ($2.19/toob), Listed Value $4.00

These tubes were the simplest item in our box, but they were absolutely the favorite! I am thrilled that they sent us two of them and I love how they allow for such open-ended play. The accordion-style of the tubes allows you to open and stretch them or push them closed which is great for upper body coordination. The ridges of the tubes provide a great tactile sensation, while the tubes also make some great sounds for auditory stimulation.

 

We found so many ways to play with them! The baby loved them closed so he could wear them like a hat. Then we joined the tubes together and the big kids talked to each other through them. The sound traveled very well and was amplified which was cool and fun to play around with.

You can hear the sound the tube makes as you open and close it which was a lot of fun in itself!

 

I decided to turn this into a fine motor activity for the baby and I taped the tube to the wall and gave him some small pom poms to put into the tube and placed a bucket underneath to catch them in. This kept him occupied for quite a while and the big kids also joined in eventually. These tubes are really pretty great thanks to their versatility. They also pack up pretty small, which is great for storage purposes.

 

Curly Pop Dragon – Retail Value $4.99, Listed Value $7.99

How cute is this little squishy dragon? He has a set of three rubber tubes in his mouth that fill with air when you squeeze them and pop out to look like flames or tongues. The kids thought this was pretty cool and since the dragon’s body is a bit firmer, it provides a great way to exercise your hand muscles. They recommend using it to “wake up” hand muscles before beginning fine motor work such as writing.

 

OddBallz DNA Stress Ball – Retail Value $12.99, Listed Value $8.99 (Found here for $7.91)

This last toy is the one that I have been fidgeting with a lot. It makes a great stress reliever and is a pretty fun tactile experience with all of the smaller rubbery balls inside covered by this stretchy, squishy clear outer layer. In addition to being a great stress-reliever and fidget toy, I really think this non-toxic, latex-free ball is another great one for exercising your hand muscles. It is a bit firmer in texture and you have to work a bit to squeeze it, plus your fingers can stretch and move as you try to maneuver the balls around inside of the larger layer.

Verdict: This was such a fantastic Sensory TheraPlay Box this month! I love that they incorporated a little bit of Halloween fun into the box and that there were a few activities for us to do in addition to the sensory toys to play with. It’s safe to say my kiddos had a ton of fun with everything inside this box and I was pleased that the toys addressed a wide range of skills for them to practice from visual perception for my five-year-old to fine motor skill development for my 18-month-old. While my children do not have any special needs, they are at a younger age and they are developing some of the same skills that a child with special needs might be working on so I think this box has a lot to offer overall. As for the value of this box, I am estimating the value to be $57.78 which is great for a $47.86 ($39.95 plus $7.91 shipping) box full of unique toys and activities!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the November box, but this box is currently available as a one-time purchase in their shop. To receive the “current” box, you must sign up on or before the last day of the previous month.

COUPON: Use code WELCOME to save 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $47.86 ($39.95 + $7.91 shipping) and we received 7 items which means that each of the items in this box has an average cost of $6.84.

Check out all of our Sensory TheraPlay Box reviews and the best kid subscription boxes 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!

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Comments (10)

  1. I used to get this box and stopped because I just had too much stuff…but I am so tempted to go back to it. I have used items from this box in my mental health practice as well as with my kiddos. Great to create a little stockpile of items which I then used when we traveled or gone to restaurants…may go back to this box soon.

  2. I always love these boxes when you review them but I feel like the price point is just too high. I can’t justify the cost on a gamble since my daughter has such specific sensory needs. I think I would be purchase this if it were around $20.

  3. I love these boxes! I read on their FB that they’re coming out with teen/adult boxes — SO excited about that! Please keep reviewing this sub!

    • Oh that’s great! I’ll be sure to look into it and mention it next month! Thanks, Ash! 🙂

      • You’re welcome!

    • Oh wow!! I am definitely looking into the teen/adult box. I used to get this box for my son who is 14 but so many of the items were too babyish for him.

  4. Terrific review, Brandi! The videos are a nice edition.

    • Thanks, Sharon! 🙂

  5. Thanks for this review.

    My son had sensory problems when he was a baby and young child, but they were more related to sounds than texture. He did have some issues with tags and socks, though, so this kind of box would have been nice to have for him.

    • Thanks for reading, Tracy! 🙂

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