The children always know that I have them in mind when I look for things, so they didn't mind taking the dog for a walk around the block with Daddy whilst I shopped.
Here are some of the things I got - maybe your children might like similar things if you find them in a sale:
These little guide books are fun - we can live vicariously through the maps and illustrations.
I leave the books around where people can see them - I don't make a "lesson" out of it. But if I'm reading it I might call someone's attention to something if I think they'll like it.
There are even some great ideas for interior design. Hmmm ... maybe a bit spartan ... I do rather like soft furnishings.
The images in these pictures often come to our minds when we're reading a story from the same era. It helps to bring the story alive.
This welder's helmet was apparently the most exciting thing I bought. It was worn for ages even though the wearer couldn't really see where he was going. I know it is going to be used in many, many games in the future.
And for our toddler who LOVES to look right into pictures and study the details - some Constable placemats.
Whilst I am in danger of cluttering our little house with STUFF I know that new things can bring a freshness. Because those new things are not junky toys or faddish trinkets I think I can justify my purchases. Possibly. ;o)