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Introducing Sensorial Materials and the Natural World to Babies and Toddlers

Lidia Grecu, George Năzăreanu


Sensory learning – involves discovering, understanding, and interpreting the educational content through authentic experiences, with the help of different stimuli: visual, tactile, auditory, olfactory and/or gustatory.

Sensory experiences stimulate various neuronal connections, which substantially helps babies and toddlers in their educational process, in terms of understanding, assimilation and sedimentation of the encountered information. Interaction with various elements of the natural can also help regulate various emotions and increase their well-being.

In the conference we will present a practical approach on how to introduce sensorial materials and the natural world to babies and toddlers, starting with the adaptation period, risk management, step by step plan to deepen their knowledge, and how to evaluate their evolution.


Lidia Grecu

I am a passionate Educator who loves to continuously learn about various new aspects and approaches in Early Childhood Education. Over the past 12 years years I have worked in different types of Educational systems, from traditional learning to Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Step-by-Step, both in the public and the private sector.

In the present I am an Educational Coordinator at Karin’s Kids Academy, Bucharest, România, being in charge with the kindergarten’s methodology, parent relations, and Educators initiation and training.

FB: KarinsKidsAcademyBaneasa

IG: @arinskidsacademy

George Năzăreanu

I am a curious biologist, visual artist, storyteller, National Geographic Educator, and have been an explorer since I was 5 years old. I have worked for 10 years in Educational and Scientific research at the National Natural History Museum and for the past 6 years, I work as a Naturalist Teacher at Karin’s Kids Academy, Bucharest, România.

Knowing that play is the most effective way children learn, I develop play-based and curiosity-led educational projects in Early Childhood Education at Karin’s Kids Academy and I inspire children to develop their Explorer’s Mindset through authentic learning experiences in nature.

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