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.
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After last month's epic curation, my boys were so excited to dig into this month's Sensory TheraPlay box. Because I work with 50 students with various abilities, I found the mix of items fantastic, and always look forward to adding more to my sensory bin. Let's see what was included this month!
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 with 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 extremely uplifting and positive, which I feel is something we really need more of in this world!
Soap Clay! Make Your Own Macaroon Soap - Retail Value $9.99
My 7-year-old son is obsessed with bath time and was very excited to try his hand at making soap. We have never experienced Soap Clay before, but are definitely hooked after discovering these kits. Complete with a set of 8 different packages of clay, you are given clear instructions for this easy craft. While creating a functional bathroom supply, you also are improving a sense of color, developing the small muscles of your hands, improving creativity, and improving a sense of accomplishment, all of which are extremely important! Also important is the fact that this soap doesn't contain parabens, hardeners, surfactants, animal oils, or synthetic preservatives.
Schylling Dino Popper - Retail Value $6.00
The second I opened this fidget, I knew this was going to be a favorite. Holed up in a volcano, this squishy, open-mouthed dinosaur pops out when squeezed! Working great as a fidget or to help manage anxiety, it has already helped ease some stress for a few students, and created some laughs along the way.
Morphimal - Retail Value $8.99
A lot of my students appreciate squishy toys, so this Morphimal was a great addition to my sensory bin. Being sticky and stretchy, this "Transformingo" can be squished, shaped, or smushed! I have already utilized this toy during Check & Connect meetings for elementary and high school kids, and am impressed with the calmness it creates. Because of the stickiness, lint and hair will get stuck to this guy, so a quick rinse is needed to keep it in tip-top shape.
Doodle Board - Retail Value $6.99
Honestly, I thought this doodle board would be a perfect fit for my elementary aged students, but be a little babyish for my high school ones. Welp, I was wrong! Kids of all ages picked this fun Dino board out of my bin to manipulate the foam beads. Finding it mindlessly satisfying, I saw them create hair, fill in the tummy, create an apple in the Dino's hand, and push them around the edges. Perfect for fine motor and visual motor skills, this has a variety of functions, and was a great inclusion!
Sensory Slimy Snail - Retail Value $7.99
I have to admit, I follow @Sensory_Theraplay_Box on Instagram to catch a sneak peek of the monthly boxes, and was stoked when I found out this sensory slimy snail would be included in this month's box. Suuupppper messy, but hilariously fun, this guy sucks up the slime and squirts it out, leaving a slimy trail. This exercise is said to work on visual motor skills, bilateral coordination, and fine motor skills. It also has helped a ton of my kids with anxiety and regulation. Don't think this little gal is just for elementary students - I had two 11th grade students that were on the brink of an anxiety attack try this out, and after about 7 minutes of manipulating this slime, de-escalated and were able to finish out the day. Sort of disgusting, this snail is definitely my favorite!
Mini Humidifier - Retail Value $9.99
The last item we received was a mini humidifier. Fill the top plastic piece with plain water and push the button to mist. The water vapor shoots out, and a soothing blue color glows. The content sheet mentions this can be used as a tactile experience, by letting the child feel the mist against their cheek or hand. Unconventional, but unique at the same time. The only concern I have with this inclusion is that one of my high school students thought this was some kind of vaping device. Eekkk!!
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 $49.95, which was almost $10 more than the total of the box. Being a little bit lower value than last months box, I wish one more item would have been included to bring up the value, but did enjoy all of the items, and found them all very useful in my classroom.
Being two months into this subscription, my biological kids, and my school kids will tell you this is one of the best subscriptions ever! With a variety of sensory options, we all very much appreciate the thoughtfulness in the curation. As an educator, I have experience with a multitude of fidgets, but these were all new to me, and all very useful and helpful! Overall, this was a great box, and can't wait to see what they have in store for March!
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To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but order by February 28 at 11:59 pm EST to receive the March box. From Sensory TheraPlay:
Boxes ship out the 1st week of each month.
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