Sensory Box is a quarterly subscription box specifically curated for teens and adults and is developed by the same creator of the Sensory TheraPlay Box for kids. This box is designed for anyone who might crave a little extra sensory input throughout the day and especially for those with sensory processing needs.
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 Box
The Subscription Box: Sensory Box
The Cost: $79 per quarter plus free shipping. Save with an annual subscription.
ACTIVE DEAL: Save $10 off your first box!
The Products: An assortment of toys and sensory-based items handpicked by an occupational therapist designed to help you de-stress and self-regulate.
Ships to: The US for free, Canada for $22
Sensory Box Winter 2020 Review
At the top of our box was this nice little inspirational card.
We received this one-page insert which includes photos of our items, a brief description, and listed values. They have included their contact information as well as a disclaimer about how it is your responsibility to determine if the contents are appropriate for you depending on your sensory needs.
Sworld Earth Ball – Listed Value $18.95
Anyone who has ever enjoyed shaking a Magic 8 ball should enjoy this one! While it doesn't tell your fortune or give you the answers to your most important questions, this ball is quite magical to look at! The shimmery liquid inside swirls around and depending on how fast or slow you move it, the swirls can be small or big, close together or far apart, all of which are mesmerizing. It's a fairly large ball and has a good bit of weight to it. It's meant to calm you and is filled with rheoscopic fluid which is why it moves so beautifully. I love how the packaging around it has plenty of information to read.
Toysmith Glitter Hopper – Retail Value $0.99
Since we receive the monthly Sensory Theraplay box, there is often some overlap between those items and what we receive in the quarterly boxes. This month there were quite a few familiar items, but most were items that we received a while ago, with the exception of this little popper that received just last month, but in blue. This was a fun little blast from the past since this is a toy I had as a child. We had fun gifting this to my niece and showing her how to flip it inside out on the table and enjoy the big pop as it flew into the air!
Playable Art Ball in Spectrum 12 – Listed Value $24.00
This is one of those items that we received in the monthly box in January 2019 but in a different colorway. These little wooden balls move around and can even be taken apart. This is actually one of my favorite toys that we've received since it is so fun to play with and manipulate. It's a nice quiet fidget too and the smooth but hard texture of the colored balls is somehow soothing. I love that it can be molded into more of an "art" form or even an accessory holder like they show on the box.
HyperFlex Inside Out Ball - Listed Value $3.99
This soft, squishy ball opens to reveal lots of spiky pieces. While they look a bit menacing, they are just as soft and floppy as the rest of the ball, but firm enough to provide a different tactile experience. Since it is open at one end you could definitely place it over another ball or on the end of a cup to play around with.
Last One Lost - Retail Value $9.99 (I couldn't find it in this color, but did find purple and yellow versions)
Another repeat for us, but actually a different version of the game in November 2019 (ours was yellow and has to do with mice and cheese) and another one of our favorite toys. I keep this one in our travel bag because it is the perfect quiet game to occupy any of my kids with. My 2.5-year-old was drawn to it when he was younger since he could push the little buttons in, while my oldest who is 6, still loves to play the game version where you have to avoid being the last one to push in the buttons. It's small, it's fun, and it has lasted through lots of play!
Candy Cane Smen- Listed Value $2.99 (Buy a box of 24 for $47.99)
Scented pens are always fun and this one that looks like a candy cane is also cute and festive! It's more of a sharp mint smell instead of the sweet vanilla-mint scent that I enjoy, but still fun, nonetheless!
Schylling Snowball – Retail Value $7.95
This snowball toy is another repeat from the monthly box last December and I actually keep it out at wintertime to fidget with. I love the way the powdery substance inside feels like crunchy new snow, but my husband actually really hates it! It's so funny to see how everyone reacts to different textures!
Calmios in Double Fluff – Retail Value $20.00
Now, this item is a new one. This Calmios is like a tiny double-sided blanket for your hands or your face made of faux fur. It has two incredibly soft textures on either side and I can just picture having this sitting on my desk to play with as I work. This is meant to help control anxiety and I think 2020 is a year where this little square could prove quite useful! I'm not sure how I feel about that hefty price tag, but that's what makes receiving it in a box feel a bit more special and luxurious! They also have a variety of other textures available on their website.
Snapperz - Retail Value $4.99
This is the last repeat item for us in this box from January 2020, but again, this is a fidget that I reach for all the time because the satisfying snap that occurs as the two little suction cups part after you squeeze them together is so fun! Sometimes you can get just a little squeak, but other times you get a nice, loud pop. This toy is a really great one for exercising the muscles in your hand since the outer ring is pretty firm and it takes a bit of effort to squeeze the sides together.
Rattleback Spinner - Retail Value $4.99
Our last toy is really simple looking but it's really unique. When you spin this counter-clockwise with the flat side up, it keeps going for quite a while, but if you try to spin it clockwise it will spin a few times and then stop and correct itself and start spinning the other way. It definitely looks like magic and I could see having fun challenging myself to see how many times I can get it to spin the wrong way before it reverses course! It's also a fun lesson in physics and I love that they included a little card about what's going on here!
Here is the Rattleback in action!
Verdict: This quarter's Sensory Box was filled with a lot of familiar items for us, so if you're a monthly subscriber to Sensory Theraplay box, you may have repeat items as well. Fortunately, the repeat items for us were some of our most loved over the course of our subscription! I was excited to have some fun fidgets and toys that we could gift our family with so that they can enjoy them as we have. The new items like the Calmios, the Rattleback, and the Sworld ball were all really cool and unique. Using a mix of listed and retail values, I came up with a total of $93.88 for this $79 (with free shipping) box, which isn't too bad for so many fun sensory items. As usual, the value is quite subjective with this box since everyone has different sensory needs, so what did you think? What was your favorite item?
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! The winter box is still available.
ACTIVE DEAL: Save $10 off your first box!
Value Breakdown: This box costs $79 (plus free shipping) so with 10 items in this box that gives each item an average cost of about $7.90.
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