"Children learn just as much if not more through free play, (that has been set up with learning in mind,)" I'd like to hear from other people some interesting ideas for free play. I can see that it depends a lot on my toys/materials available, but some ideas are pretty cheap and easily duplicated. I usually put out some puzzles on the table for my 2/3 year olds. Lately started to take out floor puzzle (only I need to be involved a lot in order to sustain interest) I heard a good one from one of my co-workers. She takes a big roll of paper, tapes it to the table (we have a long table available ) and let the children color with crayons on it.