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 month we had a few familiar items and some that were brand new to us. The kids were excited by it all!
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 in our box.
Claymates Caterpillar by Hey Clay - Retail Value $5.95
This set is the one I think my kids are going to fight over! They love working with clay and this fun set includes everything we need to make this cute little caterpillar! The clay comes in separate little plastic containers and several colors and we can scan the QR code to get our instructions. The clay is very soft and lightweight making it easy to work with and perfect for some fine motor work.
Melting Snowman by Toysmith- Retail Value $12.99 (the newer version is linked)
We have a few of these melting putty sets and the snowman is a great one for winter! I love that everything comes tucked inside the little plastic box and it includes all of the little pieces you need to make a complete snowman including the hat, eyes, carrot nose, buttons, and twig arms. This is another great one for fine motor work, but the texture is very firm making it completely different from our clay. Once you assemble your snowman he will start to "melt" as he sits and warms up. The putty just seems to really melt down into a little puddle and it's pretty cute and fun to watch! It also made for a great quiet activity for my son to play with when we went to dinner the other night!
Squishy Sea Anemone by Toysmith - Retail Value $3.99
We have received this toy in the past and it is so much fun and actually kind of pretty with the little shiny stars inside! The ball itself is empty, airy, and squishy, and the outside has a really fun texture with those little gel strings. The baby actually was a little disgusted by it at first, but once he realized he could stretch those little strings and throw the ball, he was really into it! It's definitely a unique tactile sensory experience.
Tangle Fuzzies - Retail Value $7.00
This is one of my favorite types of fidgets! The little pieces have a soft fuzzy coating making it another unique texture, and the entire thing twists all around and can even come apart to connect to other sets. It's really fun to manipulate and twist and it's a quiet toy, too!
Jumbo Sweet-ish Fish by Toysmith – Retail Value $9.99
My kids were super excited about this...even after they found out that they couldn't eat it! This jumbo fish looks just like the candy, but instead, it has a very thick squishy outer layer and some sparkly gel inside that makes it perfect for stretching, squishing, and squeezing. It's a fun novelty item that would be great for anyone who enjoys the candy version - just don't let them eat it!
Mox Ball by Moluk – Retail Value $5.99
This is another toy we have received before and it's a cool one! When you squeeze the sides of this ball, the mouth opens and you can either add some items or stick it around a straw or pencil. I love how the tag looks like a tongue sticking out! The squeezing motion is also perfect for working and strengthening those hand muscles since the texture is a bit firmer!
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 $45.91 which is a little low for us this month. I think one more item, or swapping one of the items for a bigger ticket item, might have really helped though!
My kids always love this box - this month the Sweet-ish Fish, Claymates, and Melting Snowman were the biggest hits, but really, we had fun with it all! I think it was a great mix of different textures and it provided some fun quiet ways to fidget. Overall, a great box, but as I mentioned for the value, just one more little item, might have put this one over the top for us!
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