We love shopping and recently, the little ones showed more interest in selling thing to others. As I was planning to donate the “Not Most Used” toys to charity, DD1 came up with the idea of selling the toys and saving money for new toys. Well, later I found that it is not for real and there was so much pretend play during the past few weeks with all the toys we have. DD1 was selling them to DD2 and was collecting money from her! Well, All the money was from Monopoly (at least something that I could accept) however, I got panicked when I saw something they were using to scan the toys – it was one of the scanners I have received to help some Online shopping research company for a research. If they break it, it is going to cost me a lot.
Seeing their interest in pretend play and to save mummy from panicking, we were sent a Little Tikes Cash Register from Asda and asked for a honest review to see how it could help the children to improve the skills of Pretend play and sharing.
The Cash Register features,
- A moving conveyor belt for the goods.
- A moving receipt.
- Working calculator.
- Basket of food.
- Ringing sound when the till is opened.
- Key to open the till.
- Buttons beep when pressed.
- Scales for weighing.
- Credit card for swiping.
The working calculator is a great fun. DD1 tries her best to trick me while doing the Maths. She would just pretend as though (just) she is playing with the Cash register while doing the tables and give out the answers just so agile. Though I knew about what she was actually doing, I was just saying “Stop playing with your cash register and concentrate on tables Now!”. Poor girl, it took sometime for her to realise that the calculator beeps whenever the buttons are pressed and that’s how she was getting caught :). Although it makes them lazy to do them maths by themselves, It is a great learning idea for the little ones and the big number keys makes it easy to get the right number. DD2 loves playing with the calculator all the time and find it easy to learn numbers. Who knows!? She might be learning tables soon.
It comes in a very attractive colour and I just loved it and definitely the little ones too. There are two buttons to move the receipt and the conveyor belt. This is the great fun part of all. The till opens on a press of a button and there is a “Ding” sound just as in the supermarkets. This was something Miss S was very proud of as she was handling the money part The Scanner does not have a display, but does make a sound while pressing the button to scan and there is a little storage area in the cash register to keep the Scanner so your scanner won’t go missing.
And to double up the fun, there is a credit card slot to swipe your cards. Though there was one supplied, Miss S was behind me most days for an unused card from my wallet:)
What Mummy loved about the product:
- Just the right size and everything can be stored together except for the fruit and Veg basket. Wish there is a way of keeping this as well together with the Cash Register.
- A great toy for pretend play and I don’t honestly see any kids who wouldn’t love helping Mum with Shopping. So this is an ideal toy to improve the pretend play skills and imagination.
- The working calculator and the big number keys are a plus.
- There are pretend coins and notes for the little ones to learn currency.
Few things that Miss S would love to have are:
- The receipt could be something that is detachable so she can hand over the receipts to the customers.
- The Vegetables and fruits could have been slightly smaller in size so there can be more space for more vegetables in the basket as well the conveyor belt.
- The notes were getting stuck in the till most times and I had to run for rescue operation. There could be something done here to improve.
See, how we enjoyed playing with the Cash Register
Overall, it is a great educational and pretend play toy and would be the most loved gift for any little one – A toy for both girls and boys! It is currently priced at £14 at Asda, which is a very decent price to pay for the toy that serves the purpose of interactive play, imaginative play as well being a learning toy.