Increasing your learners engagement through play

If you’re a Trainer, Facilitator or Coach, you may well have heard others talking about using LEGO® in their sessions.  It sounds interesting, but how do you know it’s right for you and your learners / clients? Which type of Lego® activity should you use? And will you be taken seriously if you suggest such a thing?

The ‘Introduction to LEGO® Serious Play® is for you if…

  • You want to start using LEGO® in your training, facilitation and/or coaching?
  • You like the idea of LEGO® Serious Play® and want to find out more?
  • You are looking for ideas and inspiration on which LEGO® activities to use and why?
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Who is this course for?

  • Trainers

    Trainers who want activities to help retention of learning

  • Coaches

    Coaches who want to create a hands-on approach to problem solving

  • Facilitators

    Facilitators who want a creative way to engage discussion

What will you find in this course?

LEGO® Serious Play® (LSP) first started back in 1996 and grew in popularity.  In 2010 Lego® released an open source document showing how anyone could host a LSP session.  We'll be using this Open source document to look at how LSP can be use in Training, Facilitation and Coaching.

In this introduction course we look at:

  • The Background
  • What it is and what it is not
  • The process
  • Which bricks to use
  • What we should be asking of our participants
  • What we should be asking of ourselves as facilitators 
  • Exploring 4 different Skills Building activities 
  • An example of how an LSP session might play out
  • A PDF worksheet to capture the basics
  • A PDF Shopping list for a DIY LSP kit


PLUS, if you complete the whole course, you'll be sent a discount code for other 'Learning with Lego' courses to continue your own exploration of how you can use Lego® in your own area of expertise.

(All videos fully subtitled in English and Spanish)

"The course facilitator is lively, chatty, and friendly. Love her personality as it is befitting the Lego Serious Play introduction. Within a short 10 minutes into the course, I am already learning valuable information."   -  Anderson Chow

Aims and Outcomes


The aim of this course is to: guide you through the backgrounds, principles, and practical application of using LEGO® Serious Play® in training, facilitation and coaching sessions.


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • State how LEGO® Serious Play® came into being
  • Identify the LEGO® Serious Play® methodologies and how to access more information
  • Explore the roles of facilitator and participants in a LSP session
  • Explain how Skills Builds enhance the participants interaction in a session
  • Follow an example of how LSP may flow in a session  


Course Outline

  • 1
  • 2

    The Fundamentals

  • 3

    Busting 4 myths about Lego Serious Play

    • Myths about LSP

  • 4

    Planning your LSP Session

    • Planning your LSP session - VIDEO

    • LSP Lesson Planner - PDF

    • Planning your Timings

    • Questions to ask during your Lego Serious Play session - PDF

    • Considerations for Neurodiverse learners

  • 5

    Skills Builds

    • PART 2 - Skills Build - TOWER

    • PART 2 - Skills Builds - Build a Tower- WORKSHEET

    • PART 2 - Skills Build - 5 PIECES

    • PART 2 - Skills Builds - Five Pieces - WORKSHEET

    • PART 2 - Skills Build - CREATURE

    • PART 2 - Skills Builds - Build a Creature - WORKSHEET

    • PART 2 - Skills Build - MONDAYS

    • PART 2 - Skills Builds - My Monday Morning - WORKSHEET

    • Skills Build TEST RUN

  • 6

    Example of LSP in Action

    • PART 3.1 - LSP Example - Individual build

    • PART 3.2 - LSP Example - Group build and placement

    • PART 3.3 - LSP Example - Connections and Aspirations

    • PART 3.4 - LSP Example - In Summary

  • 7

    Test Your Knowledge ... Quiz

    • LSP Quiz

  • 8

    Worksheets and Shopping list

    • An Intro Lego Serious Play WORKSHEET

    • An Intro Lego Serious Play SHOPPING LIST

  • 9

    ...And finally

    • Continue your own learning with Lego...

    • DISCOUNT for further Lego Courses



Business Case Prompts

Looking to convince the budget holder this is a worthwhile investment?

You may already be sold on the idea, but if it’s not you that holds the budget, you might need a bit more info to help your case.  Here are just three reasons I use Lego with my learners… 

It increases ‘lean in’ interaction.  By this I mean, if you ask a question of your learners, they often go into their heads to answer, and if this is a group setting, only a few will actually voice their thoughts.   By using Lego to build the answer, people have to use external processes too, plus everyone is encouraged to explain their build (answer) meaning more people are heard… they ‘lean in’ to the learning.  (Better engagement means less time away from work roles)


It allows for better retention of learning.  Building, explaining, and having some fun in the process makes the event more memorable, which when mixed with learning new information releases chemicals in the brain to aid retention better.  (Better retention means quicker uptake in changes) 


Less expectation of being correct - Lego is a universally recognisable product. Put it in front of people and they simply start building, this is because Lego can mean anything to anyone.  With less restrictions to being ‘right’ more people take part and experience better learning.  (Less expectations mean quicker learning, which means better use of budget)

Instructor Bio

Nikie Forster

Nikie Forster

You might not think early roles in radio, interior design and DIY sound like the most convincing career choices for someone who has since spent over two decades as a Learning and Development professional! But all three of these roles gave me some great opportunities to learn about people, hone my training, and facilitation skills, and craft my own path in a career I love. Having gained many professional qualifications and experience in public and private sector L&D roles, I founded Curious Lighthouse Learning Consultancy Ltd in early 2016, where I specialises in increasing competence and confidence in Line Managers and Trainers to enhance their performance, whether they are at the very start of their journey or experienced professionals. ​​ I love that my role allows me to work with all types of companies from small growing companies to larger established corporates, and from local charities to the NHS Trusts. ​I'm passionate about using creative learning methods which, as well as increasing engagement in the sessions, ensures better retention of information and quicker transfer of skills back into the workplace. (And yes, I do use LEGO® in many of the my sessions!!) ​​​Curious Lighthouse is based in Hampshire and mainly serves the south coast.

What others have to say...

“Hands up if you think you are creative?' That is a question that usually leads to me putting my hands firmly on the ground! But, after a session with Nikie Forster of Curious Lighthouse, I was thinking completely differently........ Enlightening and motivating, I am now kidding myself I can be a NASA Astronaut, have a new desk buddy called 'Daisy Duck' and am the proud owner of this beautiful lighthouse... Thank you Nikie for such an informative session.”

Laura Macarthy MICB - Certified Bookkeeper & Director at Now Bookkeeping Ltd

“Nikie created a great day packed full of ideas, taught my team how dopamine makes the difference in learning and we left with a shopping list and inspired and reassured that what we were already doing was value add coupled with some ideas to make them even better. From before the day to after she demonstrated how creativity engages and lands learning.”

Natalie Rogers - Head of Talent, Learning & Development at Greencore

“Nike is passionate about people development and played a significant role in building my skills and confidence, enabling me to take the next step with my career. Nikie makes learning about yourself and setting personal goals challenging, but also fun and relevant for the training industry. For anyone looking to establish or develop a career in training, I recommend working with Nikie to get you where you want to be.”

Teresa Matthews ~ Training and Development Manager ​​​

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Any activity using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® approach, method and materials build on the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Open-source guidelines made available by the LEGO® Group under a Creative Commons licence.