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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: The U.S. (cost varies by address), Canada for $22
Sensory TheraPlay Box November 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 have included their contact information as well as a disclaimer about how it is the responsibility of the adult to determine whether the items included are appropriate for the child. As someone with a Special Education background, I love that they include this since every child is unique and responds to various stimuli in different ways! There are some items that may not be appropriate for every child depending on those needs.
They always send a nice little motivational card each month and this month's message is sweet and simple!
Our first item is this game called Last Mouse Lost. This is a 2-player game meant for ages 5 and up and since it is a small, quiet game, this one is ideal for travel or even classroom settings! This is a simple one-piece game that came with a single sheet of instructions. They also included a little booklet about other games from their company FoxMind.
This small disk features rows of soft rubber bubbles with a cute little mouse on them. My 18-month-old LOVED this one and carried it around everywhere just pushing down the bubbles. He loved the sensory aspect of it. My 5-year-old daughter and I really enjoyed playing the actual game, which is fairly simple. You just take turns pressing down the bubbles (putting the mice back into their holes) until someone is forced to push down the last one (or is the last mouse standing and an easy target for the mouse). That person loses the round and the winner is the one who wins 3 out of 5 rounds. For now, we have just been playing for fun, but I know once we get into strategy, this game will be a bit more challenging and we will enjoy it even more! I think this is one that will appeal to multiple ages and developmental stages which is what makes this a great choice for this box!
This seat is filled with small PVC beads that move around inside as you sit on it. Not only can it act as a bit of a massage, but moving around while sitting on it can help improve focus and concentration for those who enjoy fidgeting. It actually has a little spot on the side where you can use a pump to add air to it so you can modify the cushion to your desired inflation level, too.
Wikki Stix Neon Pak - Retail Value $7.25
We love Wikki Stix! They are such a fun, mess-free way for the kids to get creative and they work so well to keep them entertained! In case you aren't familiar with them, they are wax sticks that come in different colors that you can bend and mold into different shapes. Because of their waxy nature, they stick to one another just enough to hold their shape, but not so much that you can't break them apart and reuse them. I actually bought the party pack size and I keep a few of these stashed in the diaper bag for when we go out to eat or are somewhere where I need to entertain the kiddos for a bit!
They were super excited about these extra-long versions since we usually use the smaller size. My daughter loves swirling them up into spirals to form circles for all sorts of creations such as her girl's eyes here. These are a great toy for fidgeting and for fine motor skills. These are also perfect for using to trace shapes, the alphabet, numbers, or even words!
Crazy Aaron's Scentsory Putty in Gumballer - Retail Value $6.00
Putty is not unique to this subscription, but since it is one of those things that doesn't tend to last that long once sticky kid hands get ahold of it, I think it makes sense! They do always manage to send unique putties with varying consistencies and in this case a very unique scent! While I'm not a huge bubble gum scent fan, this smells pretty good and isn't too overwhelming. What I really liked about this putty was how soft and almost creamy it felt and I thought those little "sprinkles" made for a great tactile sensation, in addition to being super cute.
Balloon Skinz Stuffed Puppy - Retail Value $17.97 (currently on sale for $14.97)
This next item is the strangest, most unique item that I knew my kids would thoroughly enjoy! This cute pup "skin" comes flat with a few balloons so that you can inflate him. The odd thing is the placement of the balloons and where you have to blow it up! It definitely felt a bit strange, but the end result was cute, so I guess I can overlook that.
Here he is, all blown up and ready to go! My kids have been enjoying playing with this one and tossing it back and forth since it is so light. It was definitely an exciting toy to them and the soft puppy with his round body is a safe and comforting tactile experience. I think this would be a fantastic toy for a classroom setting or occupational therapist since it can deflate for travel and actually be washed which is nice after kids have been playing with them (again with those sticky hands!). While these are such a crazy thing to me, our balloon has not popped and it's actually stayed inflated for longer than I expected. If your balloon does pop, though, all of the pieces should remain safely inside of your animal! This is a really fun way to work on hand-eye coordination safely and with a ball that is easier to catch thanks to the soft fuzzy texture.
Num Noms Mint Chocolate Erasers - Retail Value $1.99 (currently on sale for $0.99)
These erasers are pretty cute and they smell like mint chocolate chip! I love that they all have holes on the top and bottom so you can stack them and move them down further on your writing utensils. I think that kids will enjoy having these at the end of their pencils to sniff and fidget with!
Shark Tooth Chew - Listed Value $9.00
I have a few teething necklaces that I've used with my kids, but I've never seen one like this! This shark tooth is so cute and unique! It is the perfect size to provide just a little something to chew and it comes on an adjustable cord complete with a break-away clasp for safety. This shark's tooth contains no lead, phthalates, PVC, BPA or latex. The texture is pretty firm and I tested it out with my 18-month-old who seemed to enjoy it and its smaller shape. I think a gentle chewer would find this much more satisfying than the end of a pen or pencil during times of heavy concentration! This one is not branded, but I think the listed value is fair based on other chews found here.
Here is the necklace on so you can get an idea of the length!
Verdict: Each month, Sensory TheraPlay Box is such a treat for our family. They find such unique toys that meet a variety of sensory needs and I look forward to the creative curation every time. It's hard to say what was the biggest hit in our house this month, but I think the Wikki Stix, which are a tried and true favorite, the balloon skin, and the Last Mouse Lost game are the three that we have been playing with repeatedly! While my children don't have any specific sensory needs, I can see how each of the items included could help meet the needs of a child who does and I think they definitely have this in mind as they select the items. The total retail value of this box is about $76.19 which is pretty great for a $47.86 ($39.95 plus $7.91 shipping) box. Even with sale prices, we are still coming out ahead at $58.97!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the December 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.
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.
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