Teach Them With Play

The home of natural and sustainable products 

for play and creativity.

Opening with a select few, limited edition 

products on January 31st! 

Just in time for Valentines Day shopping!

About Us

Pam Coburn

Teach Them With Play

Kia Ora, I'm Pam, a mum of two active young boys, married to an Australian, we also have a 3rd dog child, Griffy and 17 chickens. We live semi rurally in a beautiful seaside town in the Bay of Plenty. We unofficially homeschool with an unschooling vibe and will become official once Benny turns 6.

My boys were the inspiration behind many of the products I create. I wanted them to have sustainable toys that would grow and move with them throughout the years of childhood. Their own curiosities and natural fascination with all things that were real in our home over toys lead me to coin the term, Reimagined Play.

Reimagined Play is playing with objects in a way that is different than what it was originally intended for. Children will naturally do this when presented with items such as loose parts, and once they are confident in making anything, whatever they desire, Reimagined Play goes to the max! My boys make tea pots rubbish trucks, ovens, pools... Reimagined Play opens up their imagination and creativity while using authentic items.

I’m passionate about providing play and learning opportunities in real life moments as they happen, alongside me. General household and yardwork ”chores” and moments become ways to play and therefore inspire their play even more.  

I created the products I stock as a way of entertaining the boys with independent play from a baby, I needed them to be engaging while providing learning opportunities and the tools to develop mentally, physically and emotionally so I knew their play was giving them as many benefits as possible without the need of my input all the time, especially while preparing melas or while showering!

I hope my experiences and therefore my products, provide you with the same for you and your children.

Why Choose Us?

Teach Them With Play came about through a combination of needs for us. The need to reduce the amount of toys in our house, the type of toys we were providing our children and the need to be come more sustainable as a household. 

Basically, the need to go back to nature. Back to basics. Back to a simpler life. A life away from screens, away from fast paced schedules and plastic toys which only provide one way of playing with them. One change we made was creating toys sourced from nature, second hand or repurposing items we already had.

The environment is very important to us. We are conscious of what we are leaving behind for our children and their children. All items we provide are sourced locally and sustainably. We forage for our nature items, we rummage for high quality thrifted items, we use local businesses to provide us with our business needs and we reuse and recycle our packaging.

The products we stock at Teach Them With Play are not only sustainable, but provide children with heuristic tools for independent play, as we believe when they are in charge of their own play, they learn at their best. We supply open ended play tools which are only limited by their imagination. As well as the tools for play, we provide you with notes to guide you through some possibilities of development your children will experience as they play, along with some ideas to extend their learning when they show they are ready. We believe in our products and hope they will engage your children for extended amounts of time. We want their imagination and creativity to  shine and most importantly; the want them to have fun!