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One of my favorite games, when I was little, was playing grocery store in my mother's pantry. I remember that our pantry also housed our washer and dryer, which was lucky for me, because I turned the top of my mother's washer into an instant grocery store scanning machine. I remember taking the food off of the shelf, "scanning" it across the washer and then adding the price up using my mother's large calculator.
I even used my Monopoly game money and change that my parents lent me in order to be able to practice counting money. Well, apparently I wasn't the only one who thought this game was a lot of fun because Learning Resources found a way to take the shopping game I used to play to a whole new level! Let me introduce you to the Teaching Cash Register...a wonderful way to learn how to count, add, subtract and get familiar with money!
I have been excited about the Teaching Cash Register since seeing it on Learning Resources's website. I couldn't wait to finally have the chance to review it with Riley to see if it was all I had heard it would be. I'm happy to say that it is! The Teaching Cash Register has a myriad of features, such as:
- LCD Screen which shows transactions clearly
- Voice messages which guide your child along through both games and transactions
- Holds actual size money and even includes a credit card and coupons
- Four games help children learn addition, subtraction, money recognition and place value
- Has a built-in scanner, fruit and vegetable scale and coin slot
- Has an automatic shut-off feature to prolong the use of the 3 "C" batteries needed
Now that is one busy little toy! Playing with it was a lot of fun and easy to get started with. Since this toy is recommended for children ages 3-9, Riley was a little young to be able to interact with the Teaching Cash Register appropriately, but that didn't stop her from playing with it all night! She absolutely loved the scanner, which is a large button that when pushed, will automatically ring up an item at a random price.
She also couldn't get enough of the different sized coins which she could easily put in the coin slot. They would register on the LCD screen and then when the Coin Bank would fill up, she would empty them back out. She quickly found out how to open the cash register drawer and loved putting the money inside, closing the drawer and then opening it again.
I supervised her play with the Teaching Cash Register and in just a few minutes, Riley had already learned four new words: scan, money, coin and scale! I have no doubt in my mind that Riley and I will have plenty of fun learning how to count money, use coupons (a vital tool indeed!) and hone our addition and subtraction skills.
I know that this is a toy which will grow with Riley and give her years of educational enjoyment as well as teach her essential skills that she will use for a lifetime! Just watch the video below to see the Teaching Cash Register in action!
If you are shopping for a child ages 2-10 this holiday season and would like a sure-fire toy that will educate, stimulate and provide endless hours of fun, then look no further than the Teaching Cash Register from Learning Resources. This toy is delightfully imaginative and chocked full of math skills to teach your child! What a great idea!
Disclosure: I received the Teaching Cash Register from Learning Resources in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. This product review is based on my own personal experiences with this item and is completely honest and objective.
I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!