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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.
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 December 2020 Review
FYI: This box got lost in transit for a little while so I didn't end up receiving it until the very beginning of January.
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.
They always include a cute motivational card for us.
Sworld Venus Ball - Retail Value $18.00, Listed Value $18.95
This large ball is the same one that we received in our quarterly Sensory Box, although that was a blue Earth color. This green is so soothing and beautiful! This is a great calming toy as the shimmering liquid swirls around as you move it. You can shake it fast or slow, but however you do it, the rheoscopic fluid is really quite mesmerizing! It says you can give it a bounce, too, but it's pretty heavy and I don't know if I'm brave enough to try it, even though it does feel plenty durable.
Kikkerland Rainbow Twirler Top - Retail Value $4.50
This fun toy is one that we received in a box a long, long time ago. It actually was one of those great toys that I kept on the shelf in the kitchen and would play with myself. Watching the shiny ribbons twirl and spin or even move up and down on the stick is both fun and relaxing! It creates different shapes and is nice and quiet, too.
Nutty Squirrel Popper - Retail Value $3.99, Listed Value $4.95
This is one of those fun, silly toys that my kids find highly entertaining. When you squeeze the soft, rubbery tree trunk, the little squirrel pops out to say hello. It's simple, fun, and in addition to providing some stress relief, it can also be a great way to sneak in some hand strengthening.
Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty in Wild River - Retail Value $10.00
It's always fun to receive some of Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty. They are just so creative with the unique putty toys they come up with. This one is especially pretty with a shimmering iridescent blue meant to look like water. It even comes with a little textured roller that has a small frog stamp on the bottom of it. Swipe through to see how fun it is! It's a great fine motor activity and one of our favorite things to play with when we need a break!
Educational Insights Playfoam Build -a-Snowman - Retail Value $9.99
Playfoam is such a wild and fun substance to play with. These little styrofoam balls are just slightly sticky allowing them to be molded and shaped and this set comes with all of the accessories we need to turn it into a snowman. I don't know how, but this stuff will also hold its shape for a while after you mold it and it never dries out. I love that there is a little bit of sparkle to the foam, too. This is one toy that I would be really cautious with if you have a child who likes to mouth things. These little balls are small and can cause a mess under the wrong circumstances.
Here is my daughter's cute snowman!
PlayVisions Light-up Odd Ballz - Listed Value $5.99
Our last item ended up being kind of a dud. Normally I love these DNA balls where there are smaller balls inside to manipulate, but this one wasn't quite as fun to manipulate and our light was broken. Only the red light lit up and it was very dim, but usually, these are so cool and change colors. Unfortunately, there is no way to fix the light since the balls are sealed up. It's still a good toy to fidget with and it's a great workout for your hands and fingers as you move the balls around inside. I was unable to verify the retail value of this one since the larger size like this one is sold out, but my preferred DNA ball can be found here!
Verdict: I always love seeing what great toys Sensory TheraPlay box has in store for us each month. This month our box was filled with quiet, stress-relieving fidgets that are perfect for strengthening your hands and working on fine motor skills. I'm sure parents will appreciate having quieter toys during this time of distance learning! There was a fun mix and I really loved the Wild River putty while my kids went crazy for the Playfoam snowman. Even with such cool toys, I felt like it could have used one more toy to really add to the value. Using a mix of retail and listed values I came up with $52.47 which is just over the box cost of $49.22 ($40.95 + $8.27 shipping). One more toy would have really tipped the scales, I think!
To Wrap Up:
Boxes ship out the 1st week of each month.
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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