For children on the autism spectrum, sensory play has shown to be a valuable method for kids to discover, examine and understand the world in their own way. Christina Kozlowski, occupational therapist and founder of Sensory TheraPLAY Box says she uses sensory toys and tools with the children she works with and frequently recommends them to parents. “The items inside Sensory TheraPLAY Box can be calming, help children self-regulate or manage anxiety,” she says. “Hand fidgets and textured toys to squeeze and manipulate can help children focus and provide needed sensory stimulation.”
Cratejoy’s marketplace includes several educational subscriptions that are tailor-made for children on the autism spectrum and can help develop social and mental skills. For a fun and beneficial way to promote your child’s growth, here are 15 of our favorite subscription box recommendations.
Price : Starts at $39.95/mo
What You’ll Get: Sensory TheraPLAY boxes deliver 5-8 fun, calming and therapeutic sensory toys for children on the autism spectrum and who may have sensory processing needs. Carefully curated items encourage the development of sensory motor skills and can include putty, aromatherapy dough, hand fidgets and more.
Shipping: Ships worldwide during the first week of every month
What You’ll Get: The My First Reading Club crate inspires early reading, which can contribute to better development and the future success of your child. Each box contains two hardcover books and an eBook selection for reading on the go! Age selection options take the guesswork out of determining which reading level to start from.
Shipping: Ships to select countries during the last week of every month
What You’ll Get: Are you a parent of creative kids who adore reading? With the KidArtLit subscription, you’ll get a box jam-packed with value including a new release kids book, a related art project, generous amounts of supplies and a bonus Ready-Set-Go Pack so kids can get started on their own. Experts in literacy and creative development designed no-frustration, open-ended art projects that focus on and encourage the process over a finished product.
Shipping: Ships worldwide on the 15th of each month for orders placed by the 14th. All other orders are shipped within three business days.
What You’ll Get: Give your little ones a head start toward school with The Preschool Box. This crate makes learning fun with simple activities that focus on teaching beginning phonics skills, counting, shapes, colors and more. Each box also contains stickers, a book and a parent guide. Plus, parents can choose to receive enough materials for either 1 or 2 children.
Shipping: Ships worldwide on the 6th of every month
What You’ll Get: MyEduCrate is an award-winning monthly subscription that delivers hand-picked educational themed items that motivate, engage and develop STEM skills for kids age 6-11. Each box contains learning challenges, hands-on materials, non-fiction readers and resources recommended by certified teachers.
Shipping: Ships worldwide on the 20th of every month
What You’ll Get: Looking to connect with your kids through creativity? Look no further than the We Craft Box. Each month you’ll have 2 to 3 prepared crafts delivered to your door, which enables you to spend quality time together with your kids minus the stress of prep work. Build crafting masterpieces and create memories together.
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. the first day of every month
What You’ll Get: The Terra Create subscription box inspires young makers to become future artisans. This monthly craft kit subscription is for ages 9+ and gives kids the outlet for making gifts and keepsakes through natural and recycled materials. Each box features artisan quality tools, full-color printed instructions and a short lesson about the cultural history of the art form, materials used and more.
Shipping: Ships within 5 business days to areas in the U.S.
What You’ll Get: Engage your children with meaningful play and fun activities centered around learning and development. The Monster Learning Box includes 4 weekly themed learning lessons that teach kids their letters, numbers, shapes, colors and more. Each month you’ll get lesson material as well as supplies and optional book add ons.
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. between the 22-25th of every month
Price: Starts at £7.95/mo
What You’ll Get: Young historians will receive a time machine box bursting with high-quality, fun activities that bring world history to life. Kids can follow along with characters Max and Katie on their exciting adventures through history in the colorful history storybook, learning fun facts along the way, creating stunning crafts and solving puzzles. The box includes a history-related gift, bookmark, stickers and world map with timeline!
Shipping: Ships worldwide on the 23rd of every month
What You’ll Get: Introduce children to the mysteries of science and technology through exciting projects and experiments with Club SciKidz. Each box contains a variety of career-based activities such as veterinary medicine, robotics, engineering, food science, programming and much more. Your blossoming scientists can even start their own home lab with the provided supplies!
Shipping: Ships to select countries between the 23rd and the 25th of every month
Price: $75.00/every 3 mo
What You’ll Get: C’mon and get Hoppi! The Hoppi Box is a toy subscription company that delivers expertly curated toys that inspire development, curiosity and imagination for your little ones. Each box is especially tailored to your baby’s age and developmental milestone and contains toys that are high-quality, eco-friendly and sustainable.
Shipping: Ships quarterly (March, June, September, December) within the U.S.