Our testers loved playing store with such realistic-looking play money. Parents loved that this free style play is also an engaging way to introduce them to the coins and bills that make up our currency. But this toy also offers other ways to learn about money, like naming coins fed into the coin slot (works with real money, too), so even preschoolers can begin to recognize and identify pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. In our favourite game, kids are given an amount, say $1.43, and challenged to insert a combination of coins to equal it. Kids can also practice basic math with a flash card mode that quizzes them at three levels of difficulty. The one downside to the toy is that the cash drawer springs out with some force - similar, in fact to the way real cash register opeens. The diffeence is that the lightweight coins tend to fly everywhere. It's easy enough to stop this by holding finger to the stop the draw from sprining open - but it's not something kids are likely to remember. We lso found that if the unit is not kept upright (eg when being transported), the coins can fall in behind the cash drawer and are pretty well impossible to retrieve. But dspite these design issues, the toy has a great deal of play value, and we love that teaching games it offers.
WHAT THE KIDS SAY
I like that it helps me learn math, the subtraction and addition games on it. These buttons work better than our other cash register. I like that it's really big. They should add a $50 bill.
WHAT ADULTS THINK
Still very popular with F3 and F6 - they have spent over an hour playing and fighting over this toy. They are pretending to be cashiers at a grocery store and F6 likes the games that come with it (such as finding the right coin, punching in the correct dollar amount, addition). F3 likes pressing the buttons (which beep) and taking the realistic looking coins and dollar bills out. They are enjoying learning about the names of the different coins. But when the cash register drawer opens, the coins fly out, which is annoying. And the small tray on the produce scale falls off easily because it is too small for the items that the kids are placing on it.
My almost 4 year old son and 2 year old daughter love to play with this toy. They play with this toy for at least 30 minutes at a time which is much longer then most toys. They are still to young to understand the commands or quizes but they just love opening and closing the cash drawer and putting coins in the slots. It surprised me to see the price, seems a little expensive but it does work really well and seems pretty sturdy.
We were happily surprised by this 3+ toy, both our 7 and 8 year old daughters used it daily in a lot of their imaginative play. The cash was regularly hauled outside as well so that they could play with other kids with it. Lots of different ways kids of varying ages could use it. I appreciate that the kids are picking up some math and money recognition skills while they are busy playing "shopkeeper" with the cash. They fight over who gets to be the cashier and who has to "buy" the items. This register would make a great Christmas gift paired with some toy food! It's too bad the penny has now been phased out, making these coins irrelevant for accurately reflecting the way things are rounded at the cash in today's world.
Talking cash register brings money math to life! Students can practice coin identification, addition, subtraction, and place value as they play 4 featured games that increase in difficulty as players advance. Also great for imaginative play and learning basic calculator skills. Cash register features a built in scanner, scale and coin slot. Transactions are rewarded with lights, sounds and voice messages (volume control included). Cash register measures 13”L x 9.5”W x 8”H
Learning Style: Auditory, Tactile, Visual
Self Help- Create real life experiences such as practicing money management and transactions along with social etiquettes of shopping.
Math- Practice coin recognition with the play money and use the coin slot to self-check denominations. Addition, subtraction and place value can also be practiced as students play the four featured games.
Social & Behavioral- Encourage imagination and pretend play opportunities with peers through turn taking, patience and cooperative play.