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: $40.95 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. for varying rates based on your address; Canada for $22
Good to Know: They have launched a quarterly Sensory Box specifically for teens and adults! Check out my reviews here!
Sensory TheraPlay Box September 2020 Review
Each box comes with a one-page insert with photos of the items on the front and a brief description with their value on the back. It also includes their contact information along with 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.
This little card is very inspirational!
Karmagami Boho - Retail Value $7.99
This toy is perfect for those who need something to fidget with. This shape has pieces that can be flipped forward or backward over and over again to reveal 4 different designs. It's a great silent fidget that is also visually appealing.
The back of our box had a fun little holographic card that showed all of the different designs on our Karmagami which I thought was pretty cool! My daughter really enjoyed manipulating this one.
Melissa & Doug Tape Activity Book - Retail Value $4.99
We have started homeschooling this week and this little book has been the one that keeps all of the kids occupied while I'm working with one of the others! The glossy pages feature different designs, some of which are simple like this cat to more detailed images such as a zebra that has white lines where you can place the included tape. The washi tape removes easily so they can complete these designs over and over again. It also rips very easily or can be cut with scissors making it great for fine motor skill development. Placing the tape correctly also helps hone these skills. Plus, it's just fun!
This book is one of those great finds that appeal to kids and will make parents happy since it is relatively mess-free and can travel well. This would be great for the car or when you need a quiet activity. For now, we are enjoying it as an independent activity in between school activities, but I may have to invest in another one for our diaper bag!
Bouncy Band Foot Tapper Fidget Button - Retail Value $14.99
I am a total foot-tapper, so I am curious to see how well this works for me! You can place this tapper discreetly under a desk or table and quietly tap your heel on the button at the back. This can help with concentration, relieve excess energy, or even provide sensory input if you go barefoot. It doesn't tap as smoothly as I thought it would, but maybe having a little bit of resistance will be beneficial! This tapper is also a great size for portability.
Balancing Pteranodon - Retail Value $12.95, Listed Value $10.99
We love dinosaurs so we would have been thrilled with this green pteranodon no matter what it did! Luckily, it is a really cool balancing pteranodon whose nose can balance on the top of the included rock or on the tip of your finger. This will be a fun desk decoration since the rock can act as a stand. This is another great quiet toy, too, although this will definitely grab the attention of any other kids in the vicinity!
My daughter was super excited to test it out. She's already asking if we can have balance races where we do our best to keep it balanced on our finger, which is a bit harder than it looks!
Toysmith Squishy Sea Anemone - Retail Value $2.99
This squishy sea anemone is so pretty! It is filled with shiny iridescent blue stars and has these fun gel-like tentacles coming off of it for some great sensory input. It feels slightly sticky when you're holding it, but not in a way that it leaves your hands feeling sticky. It is definitely a unique texture overall and it can be squished for some more fun.
Calm Strip - Listed Value $1.99 (Buy 5 for $12.99)
This calm strip has a slight texture to it and an adhesive back making it easy to place anywhere such as on a laptop or notebook. Running your fingers over it can help to calm you and provide something for your hands to do. I love this design! The adhesive is also reusable so you can move this around as needed.
Hyperflex Flyer - Listed Value $2.25
My kids were enamored with this soft, stretchy silicone disc. It's always the simplest things! It can be stretched, folded, or squished, or you can use it to hide your sea anemone in like my kids did! It really is fun to play with, but somehow after just a few times with it, my destructive toddler managed to tear it at one edge. It hasn't torn any further and can still be played with, but just keep this in mind if you have a child with stronger destructive tendencies as it may not hold up!
Mesh-It Fidget Pen - Listed Value $5.99 (Buy 3 for $19.00, on sale for $15.20)
Our last item is a useful one! This pen that twists open is covered in a thick textured mesh and the top has a small marble inside that you can move back and forth. This is such a great alternative to chewing on the end of your pencil and much more fun! This is a great silent fidget that will work in a school or office setting. It looks like you can also buy ink refills for it so you don't have to replace the pen each time the ink runs out!
Verdict: I loved how much this month's Sensory TheraPlay box took into account that a lot of children will be returning to school or some sort of school setting this month. They provided a lot of great silent fidgets and various calming tools that will be helpful during a time that may induce a little anxiety or require a bit more sensory input than usual. I thought it was a really great mix of useful and fun items. The total value using a mix of listed and found retail values came to $54.14 which isn't much over the $49.22 ($40.95 + $8.27 shipping) cost of the box. I always find some additional value in the unique curation and convenience of having these great sensory items sent to your door. I think this is one of those boxes where the value is subjective and would have to be determined on an individual basis depending on your child's needs!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the October box.
Your first box will be the October box, which ships out the first week in October.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $49.22 ($40.95 + $8.27 shipping) and with 8 items in this box that means you are paying approximately $6.15 per item.
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