Increasing your learner’s engagement and retention through LEGO® activities

Using LEGO® in learning has become very popular recently… in fact there are whole communities based around the concept.  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 as a Trainer, Facilitator or Coach if you suggest such a thing?

The ‘Learning with LEGO® INSTANT ACCESS course is right for you if…

  • You want to use LEGO® in your training, facilitation and/or coaching?
  • You are looking for ideas and inspiration on which LEGO® activities to use and why?
  • You like the idea of LEGO® Serious Play® and want an introduction?

(All videos fully subtitled in English and Spanish)

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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?

This is an 'instant access' courses covering 26 activities, using 6 sets of LEGO®.  Every section has: 

  • Introduction videos - to highlight the activities and bricks required
  • Hands-on Videos to show you how each activities might play out.
  • A shopping list PDF download, so you can buy the sets for yourself (or source alternatives that suit your needs)
  • A worksheet PDF download, to act as a simple reminder of each activity for easy future reference.   
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Example - Learning with Lego Activity Video

Our six sets come under these headings...

  1. Magnificent Mini Figures (6 activities with videos and worksheets)
  2. Step Away from the Duck (6 activities with videos and worksheets )
  3. It’s all about the Accessories (3 activities with videos and worksheets )
  4. Box of Blocks (3 activities with videos and worksheets )
  5. An Intro to Lego Serious Play (8 x Background Videos, 4 x Skills Build Videos, 1 x Full working example Video, 2 x PDFs)
  6. Six Bricks (4 activities with videos and worksheets )

Use as outlined or easy to adapt for all types of learning including (but not exclusive to): Line Management Development / Business and Life Coaching / Facilitation / Personal Development / Customer Services / Project Management... to name but a few!

Everything is available to you as soon as you sign up, so you can consume it all in one go, or dip in and out as and when you'd like.

Aims and Outcomes


The aim of this course is to give ideas and inspiration for using LEGO® in learning sessions


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

  • State why using LEGO® in learning is a legitimate way of enhancing training, facilitation and coaching
  • Demonstrate at least 16 different LEGO® activities using 6 sets
  • Identify the LEGO® Serious Play® methodologies and how to access more information
  • Create a LEGO® inspired activity that is fit for your own purpose  


Course Outline

  • 1
  • 2

    Magnificent Mini Figures

  • 3

    Step Away from the Duck

    • 1. WELCOME - Step Away from the Duck

    • 1. OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES - PDF - Step Away from the Duck

    • 2. BUILD A DUCK - Video

    • 2. BUILD A DUCK - Worksheet

    • 3. BUILD AN ANIMAL - video

    • 3. BUILD AN ANIMAL - Worksheet

    • 4. BUILD 'MY' DUCK - Video

    • 4. BUILD 'MY' DUCK - Worksheet


    • 5. HOW DO YOU KNOW IT'S THE RIGHT DUCK? - Worksheet

    • 6. DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE - Video

    • 6. DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE - Worksheet


    • 7. MY DUCK'S BETTER THAN YOUR DUCK - Worksheet

    • Duck Quiz

    • 8. SHOPPING LIST - Step away from the Duck

  • 4

    It’s all about the Accessories

    • 1. WELCOME - It’s all about the Accessories

    • 1. OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES - It's all about the Accessories


    • 2. A BAG FULL OF DISCUSSION - Worksheet



    • 4. TRAIN-THE-TRAINER - Video

    • 4. TRAIN-THE-TRAINER - Worksheet

    • Accessories Quiz

    • 5. SHOPPING LIST - It’s all about the Accessories

  • 5

    Box of Blocks

  • 6

    An Intro to Lego Serious Play

    • Welcome to an Introduction to Lego Serious Play

    • PART 1 - Background

    • PART 1 - What it is and is not

    • PART 1 -The Process

    • PART 1 - Which Bricks?

    • PART 1 - Participants Etiquette

    • PART 1 - Facilitators Code of Conduct

    • PART 1 - In summary

    • PART 2 - Skills Build - Tower

    • PART 2 - Skills Build - Tower - WORKSHEET

    • PART 2 - Skills Build - 5 Pieces

    • PART 2 - Skills Build - 5 Pieces - WORKSHEET

    • PART 2 - Skills Build - Creature

    • PART 2 - Skills Build - Creature - WORKSHEET

    • PART 2 - Skills Build - Mondays

    • PART 2 - Skills Build - Mondays - WORKSHEET

    • PART 3 - Lego Serious Play Example

    • LSP Quiz

    • An Intro Lego Serious Play WORKSHEET

    • An Intro Lego Serious Play SHOPPING LIST

  • 7

    Six Bricks

    • 1. SIX BRICKS AND BEYOND - Welcome - Video

    • 1. SIX BRICKS AND BEYOND - Overview of Activities

    • 2. THE TOWER - Video

    • 2. THE TOWER - Worksheet

    • 3. HANGING OFF THE EDGE - Video

    • 3. HANGING OFF THE EDGE - Worksheet

    • 4. BACK-TO-BACK - Video

    • 4. BACK-TO-BACK - Worksheet

    • 5. PICTIONARY LEGO - Video

    • 5. PICTIONARY LEGO - Worksheet

    • Six Bricks Quiz

    • 6. Six Bricks - SHOPPING LIST

  • 8


    • Extra activity - Lego DOTS

    • Introducing YOUR Learners to LEGO® (Downloadable PDF)

  • 9

    ...And finally

    • A Visual Summary - Short Video

    • More ways to work together



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 ​​​

©2023 The LEGO Group – LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, the Minifigure and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the LEGO® Group, which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this course.

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.