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Sensory TheraPlay Box January 2023 Review

Becca Peterson
ByBecca PetersonJan 22, 2023 | 2 comments

Sensory Theraplay Box
3.5 overall rating
2 Ratings | 3 Reviews

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. 

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we review boxes.)

First Impressions

Because I work in education, Sensory TheraPlay has been on my radar for quite some time now. The students I work with range in ability levels, and I couldn't wait to check this out for myself. Just look at all of those fun goodies!

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. I love the fact that this sheet specifies how certain inclusions can be used, and what goals can be accomplished. Because I work with a variety of students, it gave me an idea of which items can be used for which kids. 

I love the inclusion of the inspirational quote! Printed on card stock, this postcard sized art looks great on my school bulletin board, and is a great reminder to think positive.

Ouisu Nature Game - Retail Value $34.99

 

The first item we pulled out of this month's box happened to also be the biggest and most expensive. With a retail value of $34.99, this Ouisi Nature Game is utterly amazing. Complete with beautiful photograph cards and an insert filled with ways to play, this game is great for a variety of abilities and really taps into ones creative side. Featuring visually connecting nature photo cards, children can seek patterns, create stories, group based on categories, or just talk about their favorites. A great inclusion that will most definitely be making its way to my classroom when I head back next week!

Balancing Bird - Retail Value $3.99

 

The next item we received was one that was very familiar to me as I had a smaller version as a child. Charlie (my 7-year-old), thought this bird was magic and ran to show his dad his "magic pet bird". Not fooled, my husband exclaimed he too had one of these balancing birds as a kid, and we ended up spending a good chunk of time balancing this bright guy on our noses, chins, and even toes! A great hand fidget and visual toy, it too seemed to have a regulating capacity that would definitely be beneficial to some of my students at school.

Snowball Crunch - Retail Value $3.99

 

Because I myself suffer from anxiety, I was excited to check out this glittery stress ball. Giving the sensation of crunching fresh snow, this fidget toy is really comforting to squish and squeeze and was one of the items my boys fought over. Perfect to stick in my purse and utilize during reading time, this simple ball really did take my mind off the days worries.

Mini Pea Pod Fidget - Retail Value $2.99

 

As an adult, I am a very sensory orientated person, and I can definitely tell my son Charlie is as well. When we pulled this mini pea pod fidget out of the box, we had a hard time putting this fun keychain away. With the ability to attach to a backpack, this pea pod is soft and squishy and even pops out a smiley faced pea! Perfect for  kids (and adults), manipulating the peas out of the pod not only works fine motor skills, but is fun, and provides a great workout for the hands!

Enchanted Forest Pocket Watercolor Book - Retail Value $9.99

 

As you may or may not know, I love watercoloring and have acquired quite the collection of supplies through my time here at MSA. That being said, I have never come across a set quite like this. Complete with paint and a paintbrush in one book, this set makes a variety of bookmarks! Featuring cute and whimsical designs, painting not only works fine motor skills, but visual motor skills as well. Because we are always on the search for bookmarks, this was a welcome craft that I (and the kids) absolutely loved.

Stretchy Crocodile - Retail Value $4.00

 

The last item we received this month was a stretchy crocodile. Filled with sand, this stretchy guy was definitely Charlie's favorite, and has not left his side since he received it. Because of the material, the croc can be stretched utilizing hand muscles, all while keeping hands busy. I found it helpful during reading, as it really did help Charlie stay focused on the lines he was reading. All hail the croc!

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 $59.95 which was almost $20 more than the total of the box. As my first box, I found this value worth the cost of the box and can't wait to see what future boxes might hold.

Key Takeaways

My kids are absolutely obsessed with this box! The favorite items were definitely the game, crocodile, and pea pod fidget, but every single item has been put to use and loved. I really appreciated the variety in the curation, and am really excited to share these products with not only my own kids, but my school kids as well. Another small detail I was impressed with was the accuracy of the retail prices. Some subscriptions inflate the retail boxes to make it seem like you are getting a great deal, but this box has the legit website prices. Props to you Sensory TheraPlay! Overall, this was a fantastic box and can't wait to see what they have in store for February.

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To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but order by January 30 at 11:59 pm EST to receive the February box. From Sensory TheraPlay:

Boxes ship out the 1st week of each month.

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Sensory TheraPLAY Box offers monthly deliveries of fun and therapeutic sensory items. Boxes are thoughtfully curated with children on the autism spectrum and those with sensory processing needs in mind. Makes a unique and memorable gift for children ages 5-9
Becca Peterson
Becca Peterson

I am a wild and crazy mom of 2 boys and work in the public education system. I love all things outdoors, beauty, crafts, and food. And absolutely adore my high school sweetheart! 


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2 comments

Leslie

I love these reviews. The contents are great for such a wide, diverse group of people, most elementary is that it is useful for both children and adults. I think that there is less awareness of adult’s needs for sensory input, play and regulation. You do not need to have a disability to enjoy or have your sensory needs supported by this box, although it is a great resource for many members of disabled communities.

I once told a date that I had many sensory needs. He misunderstood and thought I was interested in being physically intimate quickly with each other. We laughed when I explained what I meant. 🙂 I share this because I think the conversation about sensory needs is near absent in adult circles. I appreciate you reviewing this box Rebecca, so more people may consider this less talked about topic.

I need the balancing bird and the snow-crunch ball. 🙂

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Becca

Thank you so much for sharing your story Leslie! I appreciate it so much! I completely agree that these sensory items can be utilized as adults- that snow crunch ball has been extremely effective on my high stress days! Thanks again for commenting! ❤️

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