On top shelf above are toddler materials which Emma rotates weekly. I think I can even name all the materials; shape sorter (Tupperware), shape puzzle, pegging activity, horizonal stacker (threading on a horizontal dowel) and a geometric sorting board. I think I can see some tree blocks peeking out of the first storage tub.
The older boys have materials (sandpaper letters, number beads, etc) on shelves in the study nook which you can see at the back of the photograph below. The study nook also contains other materials like the cylinder blocks and the three dimensional solids. The boys also have bookshelves for their own toys and materials in their bedroom.
Emma mentions that they love books and keep them all over the house including in the bookshelf pictured in the living area below, in the playroom and in a basket on the verandah next to the rocking chair.
The family has a small kiln inherited from Emma's mother - which Emma used as a child. While it's not currently connected Emma takes the dried clay pieces to Pottery Supplies, a small and beautiful little shop near her home which is also where they purchase clay. Emma tells us:
The boys usually paint them with normal acrylic paint and we then spray them with a clear enamel to preserve them, although I am interested in trying some glazing. Sometimes they use shoe brushes and toothbrushes to rub shoe polish into them, which is a lovely finish. We also have an old pottery wheel that they love, for clay but also for doing drawings with crayons, etc, on. My mum did a pottery course and then taught us some basic skills growing up, so I guess I pass those on, but I don’t think you can go wrong with kids and clay and it is a lovely medium to work with, so different from playdough or FIMO and quite different again from the air-dried clay.