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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That giant purple ball was a nice surprise that I knew my kiddos would be super excited for!
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 and 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 included a nice motivational card for us.
Creatibles DIY Eraser Kit by OOLY - Retail Value $14.99 (found here for $11.99)
This clay is something I have never seen before! It is very firm in texture, but if you have the patience (which my daughter lacked this month!), you can knead it in your hands until it is warmer and easier to mold. Then you can bake it at a low temperature and your creation, like this snail my son and I worked on together, can turn into an eraser! We haven't actually baked any yet since I was waiting on a few more creations, but I think this is so cool and I'm all about functional art! This kit will be fun to play with and is a great way to exercise our hands and fingers and work on our fine motor skills. With 12 different colors in the kit, I think the possibilities are pretty endless, too!
Massive Googly Ball by JA-RU - Retail Value $6.99
This ball really is massive but still so lightweight! The silicone pieces on the outside wiggle and stretch making it perfect for pulling and getting that tactile sensory input. It is also ideal for tossing since it is somewhat softer and so light. My kids really love this one and have been having a lot of fun with it!
Sensy Pop! by Mindware - Retail Value $6.95
I love this type of fidget toy, especially when you can clip it onto your key ring or bag to take with you! This one has one little popping bubble at the top, some bumpy texture around the outside and then the best part is the set of three circles actually has a little ball inside that you have to work to maneuver back and forth between the three sections. It's a great quiet fidget!
Takumo Squishy Bun by JA-RU - Listed Value $7.99 (similar item found here)
How fun is this little toy? I love that it comes in this cute plastic steamer basket that we can use in our kitchen set, or to store our very realistic-looking bun in! The bun itself is soft on the outside, but it's still a bit tough to squeeze, making it a great one for exercising your hand muscles. Even if we couldn't squish it, I would still think it was too cute! I wasn't able to find this exact brand online, but there are tons of similar options out there!
Pencil Topper Oral Chew by Senso Minds – Listed Value $5.00
I think this is something that every sensory classroom should have! It's so handy for students who need that oral input and the fact that it looks like a LEGO brick with various textures is fun, too! This one can go on the top of a pencil which is probably much safer than the traditional pencil-chewing that happens. I couldn't actually find this one on the website for the listed brand, but I did link to the necklace version which is also great!
Squeesh Yum Surprise Ball by JA-RU - Retail Value $11.99
Surprise toys will always be fun and this surprise ball brought a lot of excitement to our house! It was wrapped in multiple layers of plastic which you really had to work at to get off and then each of the cute little mochi characters were wrapped inside their own little plastic bag inside the bigger plastic ball. My kids loved the cute little characters and how soft and squishy they were! Another great texture to enjoy and some more fun toys to play with!
Value - Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $42.00 + shipping (Save with longer subscriptions)
The total retail value of our box using a mix of listed and found retail values comes to $53.91, which isn't too bad!
When we first opened this box, the massive ball and the surprise ball toy were both instant hits, as was the cute squishy bun which has been served for lots of pretend meals! The DIY erasers are one that I know we will enjoy and probably get a lot of use from soon. Overall, it was a fun and creative box!
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