Sensory TheraPlay Box is a monthly subscription service for children on the autism spectrum, or with sensory processing issues. Each box is filled with sensory toys or games that help develop motor skills or address varying sensory needs through therapeutic play. We always love the fun and unique items they send each month!
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This box felt like it had a lot of little things, but I know that the Yeti slime and the Kanoodle Jr. game were going to be big hits in our house! We already have a different version of Kanoodle for older kids that my daughter loves so I was excited to see another version in this box.
What's Inside This Box
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 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 also include a nice little motivational card for us. It's always a good quote when it comes from Mister Rogers.
Kanoodle Jr. by Educational Insights - Retail Value $16.99 (found here for $12.97)
Kanoodle is such a fun puzzle game! This version is the Jr. for ages 4-7 and it comes with 6 different pieces in varying shapes that you have to fit together to fill your game board. You can play without the booklet for a nice challenge, or use the booklet with progressively more difficult puzzles. This is such a great game for traveling or to play in the car or at a restaurant. While it is an independent game, it can also be done with a partner (or parent) helper to make it even easier for younger kiddos.
While all of my kids (ages 3, 5 and 7) were interested in this game, it was my 3 year old who really took to it! He wanted to keep going and completed several pages of puzzles once he figured out how it worked. I loved seeing him work through each puzzle; turning and flipping the pieces until he got them all in the right spots. Anything that can occupy this busybody is a win in my book!
Tactile Sensory Bands - Listed Value $7.99
I love silent fidget toys like this one. I think they are so perfect for a classroom setting, or even to have in the car. Not only are these bright and colorful, but they act much like a snap bracelet and you can wear them on your wrist so you can take them anywhere. I loved the feel of the little silicone spikes - they were just firm enough to provide some tactile input without being too firm to wear comfortably. I like that it came in a set, too! I find them to be very calming and I actually love having one to play with as a nice way to soothe anxiety or simply occupy my hands.
Yeti Iceberg Adventure by Toysmith - Listed Value $4.99
We love yetis around this house, so I knew that a yeti that sits in a pool of slime would be an instant hit! My 5-year-old has spent hours playing with this over the past two days. He brings some of his small plastic animals to join in the fun and he is set to have some open-ended play! The slime is cold and slippery, the little foam icebergs are nice and firm, and the yeti is super squishy, so you have a great variety of textures to play with!
Loopy Hoopies by Blue Orange Games - Retail Value $6.99
This little toy was a fun one. It's another quiet fidget toy that you can play with a few different ways. You can try and get the ball to spin inside the circle at different speeds by flicking your wrist, or you can try to shoot the ball through the hoop for a fun challenge. Either way, it's a fun and unique toy and the little stand makes it perfect for storing on your desk so you can grab it anytime you need a little sensory input!
Nightball Super Glow by Tangle - Retail Value $8.00
I don't know why, but this simple ball has been the most fun! It is just a small ball, but it has a great firm texture perfect for bouncing, and of course, the fact that it lights up and glows with just the faintest touch makes it even more fun! We have had so much fun rolling and bouncing it to each other (and making it educational by practicing our ABC's with the 3-year-old). It is also perfect for bouncing against a wall by yourself as I discovered this afternoon.
Here you can see it glow. It's great for visual stimulation and perfect for developing hand-eye coordination.
Glitter Squeeze Ball by Toysmith - Listed Value $5.99
Our last toy is a bumpy, squishy ball with some larger beads inside. I actually don't think there is any glitter inside of our ball, so maybe ours got mixed up with a similar kind, but that's okay, it still serves the same purpose! The ball itself feels incredibly sticky to the touch, but it actually leaves no residue or sticky feeling on your hands. It's fun to manipulate and play with and since you can see inside very clearly when you squish it, it's visually appealing as well.
Value - Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $42.00 + shipping (Save with longer subscriptions)
I told my husband last night that I think I enjoy this box just as much as the kids do! There are always so many neat toys to discover and play with and the surprise of the curation is definitely something I find to be valuable! This month using a mix of listed and found retail values, our total came to $50.95 which covers the cost of the box but is not quite enough to cover shipping. That being said, it is still one of those boxes that I don't mind having a lower retail value of items inside because the experience is always such a memorable one!
Whether your child has sensory processing issues or not, I think every child can appreciate and benefit from these boxes! They always include items that will both appeal to kids and address a wide range of sensory needs. This month we were extra excited about the Kanoodle Jr. game and we've been having a lot of fun testing everything else out.
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