The grocery store might be your least favorite place (after the office, dentist and the OB-GYN), but it’s definitely your child’s favorite setting for playing pretend. Plastic food items, toy shopping carts and tokens made to look like real currency — they love it all, and you’re their best customer. Of course, no successful shop can function properly without somewhere to stash it’s hard-earned dollars and coins. In other words, make sure your little business owner has a toy cash register, because between you and your partner, business is bound to be booming.
To be honest, toy cash registers are a staple for every playroom regardless if your child loves grocery shopping with mom or not. The machine serves as an educational tool: It teaches your kid about currency — what it looks like, how it works, what each bill and coin is worth — basic money management and how to count. Trust us, while mathematical skills are important to learn, it’s a pretty dry subject. But playing store and showing your child how to properly use a cash register and all about money systems through pretend is an easy way to make these lessons fun.
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1. Learning Resources Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register
For elementary school students, Learning Resources is an excellent supplementary tool to help further develop their mathematical skills outside the classroom. But unlike your average toy cash register, this model doubles as both an imaginative play prop and a working calculator. Chunky buttons on the cash register allow kids to experiment with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, while dollars and coins that look eerily similar to the bills in your wallet encourage early money skills. Cha-ching!
2. Fisher-Price Retro Cash Register
Ignore the fact that this toy cash register from Fisher-Price looks like a slot machine: Your child is going to love it. Reminiscent of old-school registers, the toy includes six plastic, different-colored coins kids can drop into the slots that will bring them down the ramp, and a lever they can crank to sound the bell and open the drawer. It might be designed like its 1975, but the toy itself still offers educational benefits to the next generation.
3. Funerica Toy Cash Register
As much as we want our kids to learn mathematics and how to handle money, we also want them to have fun, too. The Funerica Toy Cash Register is the ultimate pick for hours upon hours of imaginative play. In addition to a working cash register that helps them calculate purchase totals and make change, this highly immersive set also includes a scanner, microphone, miniature shopping basket, play food, a miniature play stove, cookware, cutting vegetables and a chef’s hat. Their imagination will come to life with this store-meets-kitchen combo, and the best part? They’ll learn a little something in the process, too.