About us

Welcome to Learn By Play.  

We’re an Australian business located in Thornlands, Queensland. Operated by Leah, a Mum of three, and lover of Montessori and Steiner/Waldorf approaches to raising children and learning. 

Our purpose is to celebrate the brilliance and forward-thinking of education. Our goal is to help you enrich your child’s learning with quality educational toys of purpose. 

We got here by studying various teaching styles;  Montessori, Steiner/Waldorf, Regio Emilia and our own National and State Curriculums. Focusing on the early years foundation of education as they are the most important years in all our lives of learning. We discovered the foundations of Montessori and Steiner/Waldorf approaches is respecting that a child learns by play.

The reason we support these approaches is our love and belief in dramatic play and imagination.  In the power of being outdoors in nature and we believe the best way to grow healthy, bright and wonderful children, is to let them play.

When a child plays, we believe in simple toys providing the building blocks of great communication, creation, language, play and the sciences.

So, we set out to find beautiful, natural and sensory toys here in Australia, and help supply them to you. Toys that would last generations. Sustainable products that would help protect the planet. 

Play and natural toy enrichment provides the opportunity to instill much of what a child needs to grow into free-thinking, competent, confident adults.  

So, in a world where you can support anything; support your child to learn by play.  

Why choose us

When you email or call us, you’re talking to the owners.  We are a smaller, home-based business and this allows us the opportunity to keep pricing low, as well as really understand who our customers are, and what they need.  Our customers are important to us and we go the extra mile to ensure the best customer service.

Having established a solid reputation built on honesty and integrity, Learn By Play offers their customers a genuinely fair experience. We keep our costs as low as possible, to allow you to really get value for your money.

We don’t stock thousands of products, we hand-pick the ones we find unique and essential in any classroom.  We prefer to support local, and many of the products we stock are from homebased hobbiests/retirees that create beautiful toys and resources.  Sustainability on Earth is of the upmost importance to us and we live our lives doing the best we can to protect the environment.  We work hard to find little treasures that will help instill the love of learning in your students/children.