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Introduction to the Learning Through Play Experience Tool

Become better at observing and capturing the quality of a child’s experience of learning through play.

4,742 enrolled on this course

Children know play is their superpower
  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    1 hour
  • 100% online

    How it works
  • Digital upgrade

  • Accreditation

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Demonstrate learning through play in practice with the LEGO Foundation

Playful experiences support children in practising and developing a breadth of skills that are essential for them to thrive and successfully navigate a complex and ever-changing world.

This short course from the LEGO Foundation will introduce you to a tool designed to provide a shared understanding and methodology of playful experiences. This knowledge will help you observe, reflect upon, and improve children’s playful experiences.

Learn how to improve children’s playful learning

On this course, which can be completed in a few hours, you’ll explore a tool that allows you to understand what learning through play looks like from a child’s perspective.

The tool will help you observe play and reflect upon what you have seen in order to improve a child’s playful learning experience.

Practice being an effective observer of learning through play

A good facilitator inspires children’s play and creates space and time for many kinds of playful experiences.

What’s more, by having a shared understanding about what these experiences look like, you can provide experiences and environments that foster a breadth of skills and empower children’s self-efficacy through play.

You’ll be introduced to the characteristics of play that will lead to deeper learning and try documenting playful experiences using the learning through play experience tool.


  • Week 1

    Introduction to the Learning Through Play Experience Tool

    • Introduction to the Learning Through Play Experience Tool

      In this introductory week, we share our view of play as an important vehicle for children’s learning and introduce you to the learning through play experience tool.

  • Week 2

    Coding for the characteristics of play

    • Coding for the characteristics of play

      This week we will unpack the characteristics individually by allowing you to code play activities using video examples.

  • Week 3

    Applying the Learning Through Play Experience Tool in practice

    • Applying the Learning Through Play Experience Tool in practice

      Last week, we tried coding each of the five characteristics using the learning through play experience tool. This week, we look at how to apply what we have learned.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Understand how children learn through play and harness that power to build a world of play in your home, classroom, or community.
  • Able to familiarise with the characteristics of playful experiences that leads to deeper learning and development.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone working with children who wants to explore the benefits of learning through play.

Who will you learn with?

I am specialized in online facilitation and have been exploring different ways for training teachers online both at the University of Southern Denmark and at the LEGO Foundation.

Who developed the course?

The LEGO Foundation

The LEGO Foundation aims to build a future in which learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners. Read about our different programmes, projects we support, our research agenda and more in this section.

What's included?

The LEGO Foundation are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
  • Learning on FutureLearn

    Your learning, your rules

    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
    • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
    • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

    Join a global classroom

    • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
    • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
    • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

    Map your progress

    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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