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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 December 2019 Review
Looks like our box got a new look! I love all of the whimsical details!
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 card is especially pretty with those stars and snowflakes!
Our first item is an adorable sticker book full of some cute critters in winter. There are pages of colorful scenes with plenty of room to add the many stickers included to fill them up. There are over 200 stickers at the back and each set of stickers corresponds to a specific page as indicated by the page number in the corner. The quality of the book and stickers is great and there were a lot of fun scenes that appealed to the kids.
This was a fun and festive fine motor activity that the kids enjoyed!
Toysmith Melting Snowman - Retail Value $9.99
Well, this is just the cutest thing! We actually received a melting shark in a previous box, but this snowman is so much cuter in my opinion! This little pack contains the putty to build a snowman along with several plastic pieces including two arms, two eyes, a carrot nose, three buttons, and a cute red hat. The putty was especially firm at first, but after working it in my hands I was able to mold it easily to build my snowman.
Here you can see the progression of his melting. Isn't it so cute and silly?
The kids were really excited to play with it and build their own snowman!
Unblocks - Retail Value $14.95
We love magnetic anything around here, so these Unblocks were a fun one! They come with a little surprise which was a set of stickers and four soft-touch blocks in two different shapes with two different colors.
They have 56 total hidden magnets inside and part of the fun is discovering where they are as well as building and creating new shapes with them. I love that they can be stored on our fridge when not in use and they make a great fidget toy or busy activity for the kids when I need to keep them occupied! They also recommend using these for self-regulation, and I could definitely see these being helpful for that!
Moluk Boi - Retail Value $13.99
This little guy sort of looks like a lightbulb with a duck head at the other end. For some reason, this crazy-looking guy appealed to the kids right away! No matter how hard you push him, he will never fall down which is pretty fun as kids can watch him pop back up over and over again. He can even go in the water, which makes him a great bathtime toy, too! They recommend using it for calming visual stimulation or as a fidget.
Here it is in action!
When my youngest was playing with it, we discovered that his little suction cup face will stick to surfaces, adding to the fun!
Schylling Snow Ball Crunch Stress Ball - Retail Value $7.49
So the kids and I love this ball, but my husband does not! It really feels like a real snowball when you squeeze it thanks to the powdery center. It sounds just like crunching on top of snow and I guess something about the texture and sound irritated my husband! I thought it was calming and the kids loved that it was squishy. I also really loved the fun glitter in the rubber of this translucent ball. It makes a great fidget toy and I find myself playing with it often!
Fun and Function Squishy Ball Bracelet - Estimated Value $2.50 (Buy a set of 4 for $9.99)
This squishy ball bracelet is fun and unique! The balls are all made of soft, stretchy material with some gentle spikes that provide a lot of tactile sensations. I love that you can wear it making it the perfect fidget accessory. The fact that it is quiet would make it a great one for school settings, and while the colors are bright, it still feels like a subtle tool to help a child focus in a classroom!
Verdict: This month's Sensory TheraPlay Box had a great seasonal feel! I thought the sticker book was really nice, the snowball was super unique, and that melting snowman was just adorable! The Unblocks were also a really cool item that I liked. The kids loved the Boi and the squishy ball bracelet a lot, too. Overall, it was another good mix of items to satisfy a variety of sensory needs, or just to provide some fun and unique toys for your kiddos! The total retail value of this box is about $58.91 which is pretty good for a $47.86 ($39.95 plus $7.91 shipping) box. I always think the curation of such unique items that I would have never discovered on my own also adds a lot of value for us!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the January box. 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) so here is what you are paying approximately for each item:
- Sticker book: $8.12
- Melting Snowman: $8.12
- Unblocks: $12.15
- Boi: $11.37
- Snow Ball: $6.09
- Squishy Bracelet: $2.03
Alternatively, with 6 items in the box, that means each item has an average cost of $7.98.
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