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About Sensory TheraPlay Box
The Subscription Box: Sensory TheraPlay Box
The Cost: $40.95 a month + shipping. Save with 3- and 6-month subscriptions.
ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Get 30% off Past Boxes (regularly $39-$79)
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
Sensory TheraPlay Box January 2021 Review
Each box comes with a one-page insert with photos of the items on the front and a brief description with their values 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 month's motivational card has a simple but important message!
Heads Talk Tails Walk - Retail Value $15.99
We love when they include games in our boxes, it feels like such a special treat and it's one of those things that lasts longer than a toy, so I always feel like it adds some value to our boxes, too. This game is pure silly fun and it can be played with at pretty much any age, although it is geared towards ages 3 and up. The pieces consist of larger cards featuring animal bodies and smaller cards that show the animal heads.
At first, the kids just wanted to match up the animal parts puzzle-style. It was also a great way to work on visual discrimination with my 2-year-old.
We had some fun getting silly with this game. You place the large cards in the center face up and the smaller cards go face down in a circle around them. You take turns picking an outer card trying to match the center card. If you get it wrong everyone has to walk around the way the animal on the card would while making the sounds that the animal head would. If you swipe you can see my son walking around like a cat as he makes monkey sounds. You go around the circle once and then everyone gets back in their spots. You collect the cards when you make a match and the person with the most matches at the end wins. This is a great game if you need to entertain some antsy kids who haven't been outside! It gets them moving and it's always nice to get a bit silly!
Mad Matter Ultimate Brick Maker - Retail Value $7.99
This stuff is very similar to Kinetic sand, but it seems to stick together and mold better since it doesn't move. This set comes with a fun brick maker and 2 ounces of soft Mad Matter to play with and mold. Not only is it fun, but packing and making these bricks is a great fine motor activity. It can get a tiny bit messy, but this stuff is pretty easy to sweep up!
My youngest was happy to test it out for us!
We received one of these magic painting books in another box and it is one of our favorites....or should I say was because I am pretty sure it is all filled up now; perfect timing for a new one! This will be so great to pull out when a child is anxious or needs a calming activity and it is essentially mess-free for the adult which is a bonus! It comes with a brush and then you just paint with water to reveal the colors on the pages. I love these detailed designs with so many lines and areas to paint. I might have to do a page or two myself! The back cover even has a foldout page that you can place underneath the page you are working on so the rest of the book doesn't get wet.
Here's a little glimpse of what it looks like when painted.
Ravenous Baby Dino Snapper - Retail Value $2.99
This rubbery little dino head is fun and definitely caught the attention of my kiddos. It says it is a snapper, but I haven't quite figured out how it snaps. It fits right on top of your finger and it says you flex your finger, but not much seems to happen when we do it. Luckily, my kids are just as happy to play with it as a finger puppet without any snapping!
Wikki Stix Mini Pack - Listed Value $1.00 (The pricing for these varies a lot since they have so many options, but I linked to a cute set perfect for Valentine's Day!)
This was just a little item in the box, but it's a favorite of ours. We love bringing these little packs to restaurants or other places where we might need something to occupy the kids! These sticks are covered in wax and they stick to each other. They also stick to the kid's toys so my youngest uses them to tow his cars around the table. There really are unlimited possibilities with these and the kids come up with the most creative things! While they feel sticky to the touch, they are not messy at all, which is another perk. They always include a little sheet that you can create a picture with, too.
I can't say I was super excited to see this knowing that it would probably be quite a mess to clean up, but it is a really cool product and it was very exciting to my kids! You mix this packet with 2 quarts of water (or less if you want to work with small amounts) and it makes 1 gallon of snow. It's kind of a slightly wet mess of tiny gel-like pieces -- for some reason, the only thing that comes to mind is that gel inside of diapers when they get wet, but this is not quite as gross or hard to clean up! My kids were amazed at the way the powder erupted into snow. Cleanup is actually not so bad. It sweeps up with a broom, although I do have to wipe off the broom in between because it does have a good bit of moisture to it. It is non-toxic and if you don't want to throw it away you can dry it out to reuse or even mix it with soil in your garden! You can also get multiple days of play out of it and keep it going by misting it every so often.
I told my son to gather his arctic animals and he was eager to place them in the new snow.
So far we've gotten two great play sessions out of this snow and I'm sure we will be breaking it out again tomorrow. While the snow itself is still perfectly fine to play with, we might not get many more days out of it due to some of it spilling it out of the tub onto the floor, but it will definitely be fun while it lasts!
Verdict: This month's Sensory TheraPlay box was full of items that have already provided hours of fun for my kids. January is the month of cabin fever when it's cold outside and there isn't much to do, so receiving a box with so many activities like the game and Mad Matter was great. While I was a little less excited about the snow, knowing I would be the one to clean it up, it has actually been perfect for occupying the kids and providing some open-ended play. I was also excited to receive the Unworry Book which is a mess-free way to promote some calming and work on hand-eye coordination. With all of these great items, the Wikki Stix and dino toy felt like fun little bonus items. As for the retail values, I came up with a total of $48.12 and this box costs $49.22 ($40.95 + $8.27 shipping) which doesn't seem like a great deal, but for us, it has already provided so much fun and entertainment for us that I'm okay with it this month!
To Wrap Up:
Boxes ship out the 1st week of each month.
ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Get 30% off Past Boxes (regularly $39-$79)
Value Breakdown: This box costs $49.22 ($40.95 + $8.27 shipping) and with 6 items in this box that means you are paying approximately $8.20 per item.
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