Sensory play and learning


By Karen Winderlich

The term ‘sensory learning’ refers to the way in which babies, toddlers and young children use all their senses to gather information as they play. Sensory play and learning are part of all the living and learning experiences in which children involve themselves. The challenge and joy for early childhood professionals is to recognise the endless potential for supporting children’s sensory engagement, and to create spaces for play and learning that are sensory-rich.



This Everyday Learning Series title explores how early childhood education and care professionals can support babies and young children in using their senses to gather information and become effective learners. It also highlights:

  • the close connection between sensory play and learning
  • the important role the outdoor environments and natural spaces play in enriching children’s sensory experiences
  • how everyday resources can be used to create sensory-rich learning environments for children.

About the Everyday Learning Series:

Early Childhood Australia’s Everyday Learning Series acknowledges that the most important early learning happens through day-to-day life experiences and provides ideas and strategies on ways educators and families can make the most of these experiences to support children’s development. By ‘making the ordinary, extraordinary’, the Everyday Learning Series is an invaluable resource for educators, students of early education, beginning practitioners, and families by assisting them in maximising young children’s play, exploration and discovery, and development within learning environments.

Subscribe to the Everyday Learning Series:

The Everyday Learning Series (EDL) is a 12 month, four-issue subscription. Subscribers also receive bonus online resources which may be shared with educators and families. Learn more here. 

ECA offers libraries and institutions a perpetual access fee. Please contact ECA directly on 1800 356 900 (free call) to obtain the licensing agreement or to order.

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 17.3 × 24.5 cm



Paperback, e-version

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