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Learning with Lego?

By Heidi Blokland

Serious play is happening in our classrooms. It may seem like an oxymoron, but …

Thanks to a generous donor and our Designated Giving Program we were able to purchase a class set of Lego kits. They weren’t just any kits …. they were Serious Play Lego kits.


Lego provides a hands-on way for students to show what they are learning and thinking. It gives them an opportunity to express themselves and think in a different way. Here’s how it works.

Step 1 – the Question

A questions is posed for the students to create their build about.

  • What is your favourite thing to do in the snow?
  • What is something you learned about Joseph?
  • What do you think will come next in the story?
  • What is is like in the rainforest?

Step 2 – Look and plan – but don’t touch 🙂


The students are given time to look at the pieces and think about what they are going to build. They are not allowed to touch the pieces.

Step 3 – Build


Without any talking, students are given time to work on their build.

Step 4 – Sharing


One at a time, the students share what they built. They explain their build and why they chose the pieces they did to represent their thinking.


Hands-on. Minds-on. Serious Play!