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Sensory TheraPlay Box Review + Coupon – April 2020

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: The U.S. for varying rates; Canada for $22

Good to Know: They have just launched a quarterly Sensory Box specifically for teens and adults! Check out my review here!

Sensory TheraPlay Box April 2020 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 little motivational card each month and this month’s quote comes from Harry Potter!

 

Sensory Diet Cards – Retail Value $25.95

These Sensory Diet cards are so awesome! I really wish that I had these when I was teaching Special Education. I honestly think every teacher in that field should be given a set of these! This set of 60 cards includes a few sheets with directions and game ideas cards that can be used to help a child determine their sensory needs. The first set of red cards helps children describe whether a sensory input is too much, too little, or just right for them. These are illustrated with a boy, a girl, or a thermometer which can help them self-regulate.

 

The remaining cards feature pictures of various sensory inputs in a variety of categories from movement/resistance, movement/balance, tactile, oral-motor or other sensory systems. Then there are pictures of items within each category which is great for non-verbal children who can choose a sensory item when they need it. I was really impressed with these! They seem simple and effective and coming in this little tin means they can easily travel with you anywhere, especially if you’re a teacher who delivers push-in support from classroom to classroom, or sometimes even school to school!

 

Bend a Sloth – Retail Value $5.00

My son loves this sloth! It’s super cute and while he is made of firmer rubber, his arms and legs bend so you can hang him places or just move him around for some tactile input or fidgeting.

 

Spot It! Classic Mini –  Listed Value $6.99, Retail Value $4.99 (currently on sale for $4.49)

This is one of our favorite games to play as a family since it is great for almost any age (3 and up, I would say!). This mini tin features 30 colorful cards and directions for 5 different games. The small tin is perfect for traveling, although if you want a version that is a bit easier on the eyes, this is the one we have already.

 

The basic game that we play is where you flip 2 cards over and then the first person to identify which image is the same between the two cards yells “spot it!” and they get to keep the card. It is so easy for my 3- and 5-year-old to play together and even my husband and I like to get in on the action and can get quite competitive! It’s really pretty tricky because the images can be different sizes and sometimes the kids are much better at it than we are.

 

Drop Dots Minis – Retail Value $5.99

My kids were excited to play with these funky-looking bouncy balls. The outside, in addition to being interesting visually, features some softer rubber that offers some fun tactile sensations, too. These are fun to hold and play with as well as bounce and toss. A great tool for hand-eye coordination that’s small enough to fit in your pocket!

 

Mindware Putty Scents Mix-Ups in Confetti Cake – Retail Value $9.95

This putty smells so good! It is scented like confetti cake and has a fun sparkly white base with some colorful foam “sprinkles” that you can mix into it. Putty is always a hit in our house – my kids will play with it for hours and they always bring in other little toys to play with it. I can imagine my daughter will be having a lot of fun with this set pretending to bake! They include some great activity ideas on our card to work on bilateral skills, fine motor coordination, and hand strengthening such as rolling it into a log and cutting it with scissors or making some mini pretend cookies.

 

This was so much fun to play with and the sweet scent was a great bonus! The foam balls were a bit of a mess when she ripped open the package, but we just collected them all with the putty and they were no longer an issue!

Verdict: This was another great box from Sensory TheraPlay! I really loved the sensory diet cards and hope that those who have children with sensory needs will be able to find them helpful! Everyone has sensory needs and these cards should be useful in helping a child determine what sensory inputs work for them. The sloth, balls, and putty were fun and will all be great for fidgeting. The Spot It! game is already a favorite of ours and will be great for helping to teach focus skills at any age. Overall, the retail value of this box came to $51.88 which is just over the $48.22 ($39.95 + $8.27 shipping) cost of the box. Since the Sensory Diet cards were such a great find to me, this box was definitely worth it to us!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the May box. 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 $48.22 ($39.95 + $8.27 shipping) so here is what you are paying approximately for each item:

  • Sensory Diet Cards: $24.11
  • Bendy Sloth: $4.65
  • Spot It!: $4.64
  • Drop Dot Minis: $5.57
  • Putty Mix-ups: $9.25

Alternatively, with 5 items in the box, that means each item has an average cost of $9.64.

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 (7)

  1. Those sensory diet cards are awesome! Definitely agree that that all special Ed teachers should have them!

  2. I feel the same way whenever I read a review of this box. There are always a couple of items that look interesting that I’d be interested in purchasing on their own, but the value for the whole box is just never there for me,

  3. My college friends and I love Spot it! We play it as whoever slaps their hand on the card first says what the item was and gets to keep it. We sometimes have to play wearing gloves so we don’t hurt each other with our nails lol. We get super competitive over it!

  4. Just looking through the slides of your photos, that Spot It game is harder than I would have thought! The different sizes trip me up!

    • Haha yes! Sometimes they are really hard to see!

  5. I love this box. I have 2 autistic children and my collection of sensory toys from this box have been especially helpful during the quarantine. The sensory cards were a particular favorite of ours too. When the boys’ screen time is getting out of control, these sensory cards have been a great help.

    Thank you for reviewing this box. It was because of your reviews that I discovered it!

    • I’m so glad the items have been helpful to you and your boys! Hopefully those sensory cards will keep things running smoothly for you! ☺️

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