Some time ago we were fortunate to be sent some subscription boxes of items from a company that specialised in products specifically for children with sensory needs. Sadly, that company is no longer operating. I was ruminating on social media about how sad it was when, as luck would have it, another company with the same fantastic idea got in touch with me and asked if we’d like to take a look at one of their boxes!
Sensory Play Box
Sensory Play Box is a subscription box company that specialises in providing unique items that appeal to kids who are calmed or soothed by engaging their senses in sensory play. This can include those with conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and sensory processing disorder (SPD). The items in the boxes are designed to spark the senses either from a visual, auditory or tactile perspective.
For those that aren’t already aware, our son Morgan has ASD and can sometimes become overwhelmed by too much sensory stimuli. He also loves to play with certain sensory toys and will stim with thing that he finds relaxing or pleasantly distracting.
We were sent one of Sensory Play Box’s April boxes to see what we thought of the items inside.
1 x Double Liquid Timer
1 x Glow Play Foam
1 x Lab Goo
1 x Light-up Tambourine
1 x Fibre-Optic Wand
1 x Splash Octopus
1 x Twisty Blocks
1 x Bead Ball
1 x Mesh Keyring
1 x Popoid Bellow
The first toy that really got Morgan interested was the Splash Octopus. Until then he was a little reluctant to get involved but as soon as he realised the toy involved a bit of splashing about he was too intrigued to pass it up! We filled the octopus and let him fling it about a bit in the garden. Once we’d finished soaking the garden and startling the cats we reminded him that there was more inside the box to look at and came inside.
Many of the items were really interesting to squeeze and hold. My personal favourite was the bead ball which feels so strange but also weirdly satisfying. Morgan had that in his lap for quite a while as he looked at some of the other items which is a great sign that he can use it as a dependable de-stress toy.
He also loved the Double Liquid Timer. He has a few timers already as these can be a low-stress way of controlling play time and marking when it’s time for an activity to end. We’ve not used liquid ones before though and this is a really nice thing to look at as the coloured globules fall down like a lava lamp. One particular item we spent a lot of time with was the Lab Goo. It felt really strange and I think Morgan loved the feeling of it on his fingers.
With this level of quality I was curious to see how much a box would be to purchase. I was pleasantly surprised to see that you can get your own Sensory Play Box for £25 and to me that’s dead on where it should be, especially given the number and quality of items. I’m not sure it’s something I’d buy every month over a long period of time but I can definitely see it as a great subscription to have for a few months to get some new ideas of things to have to hand or in a stash of sensory and stim toys. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on Sensory Play Box’s future boxes to see what else they come up with!