“ Brand: ELC / Age: 3 Years+ / Type: Playsets „
When you hear the beep think of the fun you could be having on supermarket sweep, gosh I loved that program with Dale Winton lol.
Anyway I got this Early learning centre electronic till a couple years ago at the same time I brought him a little sweet shop toy and I thought they'd go well together.
I can't remember the exact price I paid for this but it is currently £22 in the Early learning centre. It is the same as the one pictured above apart from the colour has changed, it has a microphone and also a chip and pin part to it, how times change as toys have to change too.
When you first get this it comes with some plastic money and paper money notes, some pretend grocery items like small plastic tins, boxes and fruit items. Now I got this to go with the sweet shop but if I was just buying this I think I would have also got a little shopping basket and more pretend food too.
It takes 3AA batteries which go into the base and sealed away with a cover. I don't ever remember changing the batteries in this till whereas other toys often need batteries changing and it still beep beeps and pings when played with.
The fun of this till is that once the on button is pressed you can manually punch in numbers on the calculator style till complete with little screen and it will add up the totals. when you have the total you can then for example put in 5.00 given and push the cash button for the till to open and the screen shows how much change is due. I feel this part of the role playing can really help with a child's maths. You don't have to use just the pretend money, get some real pennies out and make your child earn them by working out sums then checking they got the answers right on the till. Do I do this with my son? ummm sometimes lol make learning fun I say and sometimes rewarding too.
There is also a button that just opens the till up and every time the till opens it makes a ping sound. When the till drawer opens it has several small compartments for keeping the money in. The drawer doesn't come right out which is good and you just push it back in ready for the next shopping to be put through.
At the side of the till but still attached is a conveyor belt, well a long bit of plastic with a button on it but we all know it's a conveyor belt really. When you take a pretend food item and run it across the belt touching the button it goes beep, yes beep just like a shop scanner does, I think it's great fun as do my kids. I'm sure soon toys will be complete with barcodes that are readable and show on screen or maybe they have them out already.
The till is a good sturdy solid build and not light weight but not too heavy that kids can't pick it up but may hurt if dropped on to a foot.
I would totally recommend this and take my advice about getting something to go with it like a basket and more groceries etc. Happy beeping.
My daughter is now 6 and we have had a cash register in the house since she was 2. The first one got broken by being dropped on the floor numeous times so when she asked for a replacement last Christmas I wanted one that would stand up to being knocked over and dropped.
The new ELC cash register fitted the bill. We purchased it in girly pink for £20. It is made from good strong plastic. Has an opening cash draw, workable microphone, digital display and chunky buttons for little fingers.
At the side of the register is a scanner - this really works - if you press an item down on a little ball the price of the item will show up on the display. It is a random price which means that some expensive items you scan may show up as 10p and vice versa but little kids don't understand that!
Then there is the chip and pin machine. A credit cards is provided which you need to slot into the machine and enter your pin. It will beep and flash green to show that your payment has been accepted.
I also got play money, some shopping items and a pink shopping basket included with this cash register.
For the price this is an excellent item and one of those things that children from age 3 up to 10+ will play with. I have had older children come round and play cafes/shops etc and use this cash register. I think it will be one of the toys we keep for a long time.
Thw workable microphone is fun. My daughter enjoys asking the cleaner to mop up spills etc when playing supermarkets.
I definately recommend this till - it is up to date with the chip and pin and has many functions/features.
My three year old loves to roll play so when I saw the Early Learning Centre Cash Register and Scanner in the sale I had to buy it.
The one my son has differs a little from the one pictured here. My son's is primarily blue with buttons and screen picked out in red. There is a microphone for price checking and a chip and pin reader apart from that it seems the same as the one pictured, it's just more modern. They had a choice of a pink one or a blue one when I bought mine. The till comes with some money, bank of ELC unfortunately lol, a credit card, ditto, and some food. The till is plastic and very durable it's come downstairs once, hitting every stair on the way down, and it was fine. The money is a collection of plastic coins and paper notes, the credit card is a thick plastic and the food is plastic shapes, plastic cans or cardboard boxes.
The scanner seems to operate buy pushing the food over the scanning bit, this depresses a ball and it beeps, simultaneously a random amount appears on the screen. When you've scanned all the foods your customer has the choice of paying cash or card. I tend to pay with my card because I never seem to get the right change if paying in cash! The credit card is debited with a modern chip and pin unit so it replicates what my son has seen in the supermarket.
We probably play with this once a week, all the cardboard boxes that came with it have been squashed and the food is at the bottom of the toy chest with all the other small piece debris, only to be seen again at the annual spring clean, or if someone tips a drink in there again! Grrrr, anyway back to the till. We use the kitchen as the shop and everything still scans. This is a great roll playing toy, my son has begun to understand that the coins are worth more or less than each other and has begun looking for the numbers on the coins but that's as far as he understands so far, this till will be a good learning tool to expose him to money and introduce rudimentary budgeting, when he's a little older, and still keeping it fun. The beep is a little annoying but as he rarely asks for it more than once a week I can live with it. At over £22.00 I might have hesitated and gone for a wider ranging toy but because I got it for about £15 I didn't mind its limitations, if you're not playing shop I can't think of any other alternatives. This is the reason for the three stars.
Walsall Art Gallery has a "Kids Gallery" which is an interactive area where kids can play. Just as you go in, they have one of these toy tills, and a big pile of plastic fruit and veg so that you can play shops. Sadly, someone pinched all the toy money out of the till, but that shows the mentality of people where I live!
As we are regular visitors to the gallery, it wasn't long before the kids were moaning for a toy till, and as this seemed like such a good quality toy, I happily obliged. The model I bought was the one featured in the picture above, but I believe that the newer models are different colours and also feature a "Chip and Pin" box, which just goes to show how times have moved on! The new tills retail at £22 which is a bit more than the £16 I paid for mine.
The first thing that strikes you about the till is how well made it is. This is something that really makes ELC toys stand out from a lot of the plastic tat on the market today. The main body of the till is solid, and trust me, it can stand rough play and being dropped a few times!
The till comes with some toy money and some plastic food items, as well as some sticky barcodes that you can stick on boxes. The till also comes with a plastic credit card, which you are able to swipe in the slot provided! The buttons on the till work like a basic calculator, adding up the prices of the items that you put in either manually or by "scanning". The till has a "scanner" which is basically a black button that you press to make the till beep, just as if it had really been scanned. The till will then add a random price to your running total. You then press TOTAL on the till, put in the amount being paid, and the till will tell you how much change to give the customer. The drawer flies open with a PING, and you can get the money out!
This toy obviously has a wide appeal, but if I was giving it to a child under 3, I would not let them play with the toy coins, which are small enough to cause problems! Very young children will be happy just "scanning" toys and making the till beep,as well as making the drawer open. When I have played it with my older kids, I have got them to work out what coins they need to use to give me correct change, or how much certain items cost when added together. That way, you can make gameplay with the till educational and teach the kids valuable maths skills.
My daughter set up her bedroom as a shop, setting out all the different toys around the room. She put a sign on her door and told me to come in. She gave me a basket and checked all my items through the toy till, before putting them into a bag for me to take away! She spent ages upstairs playing this game, sending for a lot of the different members of the family to be customers at the shop.
This is a toy that will keep kids attention for ages, and stimulates lots of imaginative play. You could be a food shop, a toy shop or a clothes shop, having lots of fun scanning the items and packing them into bags. This is a toy that we have had for several years, but is still very popular. It takes 3 AA batteries, and in all the time I have had the till, I don't think I have ever had to change the batteries!
My 4 year old daughter recieved one of these as a christmas present last year and she thinks its great. It comes complete with play money, notes and coins, play food and a credit card. There is a chip and pin attatchment so you can pay by credit card and you really have to enter your pin number. It also has a loud speaker which my daughter thinks is great. The till has a fully functioning calculator and it works out how much change you need to give so it is really good for teaching adding and subtracting. This is by far the best till set i have seen available. It sells in ELC for 22 pounds which is a great price considering the quality of it. The only downside, and its a small one, is that when you open the till draw the coins tend to come flying out. It is now available in two colour options blue or pink although my daughter has the blue one as this was the only colour available when she got hers. I would say the blue is unisex and perfect for either boys or girls, i just hope my daughter doesnt spot the pink one!
I bought this cash register second hand from EBay a good few years ago now. My daughter loved this then and she is now 7 and she still plays with it quite a bit now so definitely worth buying.
This is a very chunky till which is good for little hands to play with. My daughter's version is orange and purple with green keys. It has an LCD screen so when you type the numbers in it does really come up on the screen. There is a button on the left hand side of the till in which you are supposed to swipe your products over so that it scans and it makes a beep sound. There is a slot in which you can swipe any cards and there is also an on and off button which saves on batteries instead of it staying on all the time. Pressing the open button does of course open the till. Plenty of money comes included with the till which comes in the form of notes and coins.
It is very hard wearing, this cash register has been dropped many times over the years and more so now that her little sister also plays with it and not once have I had to repair any damage.
On the ELC website it shows that they now sell it in pink which comes with a chip and pin and a microphone at a price of £20. I think this is certainly value for money.
My daughter has a more updated version of this cash register than the above picture, found in the current ELC catelogue. It comes with the cash register unit, a chip 'n' pin machine, play money and credit card and a small selection of play groceries. It retails at £20.00 and requires 3 AA battaries
It is a very sturdy little toy, with many great features. Firstly is the the main till unit itself. Its made with very strong, durable plastic. It has a digital display, and large child friendly calculator buttons. The cash draw opens and closes easily, and can withstand a childs roughness easily.
The 'scanner' is attached to the side of the register. This works by pressing an item down on a small button (which is very sensitive so not a great deal of force or skill required). This bleeps a price onto the digital calculator screen. It is a random price so a tin of beans could end up costing you £10.00 while a pizza could cos 10p! You can manually input prices too if you want. At the end of scanning theres a big total button (prepare yourself for a shock at the astranomical price, thank goodness we're paying with play money!))
Then theres the tannoy. This is a brilliant added fun element, what child doesn't like a microphone? It works by pressing a large talk button, easily distinguished from the others by a picture of a talking smily.
The final part of the cash register itself is the chip 'n' pin machine. This is attached by a thick wire, and works by slotting in the provided chunky credit card. Enter your pin (any old number) and press enter, and it makes a little bleeping noise and flashes a green light to show your payment has been accepted.
Along with the till itself you get plenty of play money consisting of thick plastic coins and good quality notes. A small range of plastic tins and packets are provided. The tins are extremely durable, however the packets are made with cardboard and easily squish and become tatty. You can buy extra groceries from elc (and have the choice of either M&S or Sainsbury's brands) These cost £6 for a pack of around 16 items. A small shopping basket is available for £4 (although is advertised as free with the cash register at present). There is also a shopping trolley to compliment this range, however at £16, to me it seems an uneccessary expense. It looks big and awkward to store, and I doubt after the initial novelty of pushing it around wears off, it actually provides any extra joy to the toy.
This is deffinatly one of my daughter most loved toys. It comes out whenever she has a friend come to play and is an excellent role play toy. It's hilarious to hear 'would you like any cash back' from a small child. The added features make this a very entertaining toy, and the quality is faultless. There are cheaper versions of this toy available on the market. Personally I think this is worth the extra for the quality and durabilty gaurenteed from ELC products. £20 seems a more than reasonable price for the hours of fun my child has had from this toy. This toy is designed for a child aged 3+ and I'd say that was just right, as its simple to use but can be advanced upon with the use of the calculator. While I'd keep the small coins and paper money, and packets away from a younger sibling, I'd be happy to allow them to play along with this toy, as I'm sure they would also enjoy the noises and microphone.
My daughter recieved this as a birthda present for her third birthday and it has been quite a good success. Although she isn't quite there yet with the whole playing shop thing she has enjoyed playing with this immensely and i think it will be played with even more when she gets a little older. Onthe downside I think it is quite an expensive toy but with the ELC you are pretty much guarateed quality and if anything does go wrong with it they are great at taking stuff back. I did find that the money however was a bit of a pain and seemed to get anywhere which is a bit of a problem if you have younger children as it can get shoved into mouths and many a time have i thought i'd dropped some real money only to pick it up and find it to be pretend which can be very annoying. It is a great toy though for imaginative play and would encourage interaction between friends.
We have lots of Early Learning Centre toys in the HonestBob household. It's a brand that I trust and a shop that I like to browse around when present hunting (though not at peak times when you can't more around the shop for buggies!)
My daughter bought this cash register herself with her birthday spending money when she was 7 or 8. She is now 10 (11 in March) and has handed the register down to Littlest HonestBob with the proviso that he takes care of it and just presses the buttons and opens and closes the draw for the moment (she won't let him have what remains of her play money just yet!).
That this cash register has lasted 3, maybe 4 years is testament to the build quality of this toy. It cleans up well with a damp cloth and, despite being regularly played with over that time, it still looks almost new. The batteries last ages too and have only been changed twice to my knowledge.
The register can be used in the traditional way, by inputting a price using the numerical buttons on the front of the till, or in the more contemporary way, by 'scanning' the bar code of goods. This is of course a little white lie since the 'scanner' does not really read the codes and the register generates random prices, but it's still a fun feature. The middle HonestBobs (aged 9 and almost 11) like to scan and rescan the same objects to see what different prices the register will display. Because of the random generation of the prices, some can be quite ludicrous, a matter of pence for an item that would be very expensive. This random pricing can give older children a false sense of the cost of living, probably not a wise thing in todays cash strapped economy. However, this is a toy and it's meant to be fun - let the money worries wait until they are older.
Goods can be paid for in cash (ELC sells plastic and paper money, but we use a selection of foreign coins) or by using the plastic card that comes with the cash register. This is entered into a cardreader attached to the register by a wire. The customer enters a 'pin number' (once again, any random number will do) and the goods are paid for.
One other feature on our register is a microphone which can be used to summon assistance to the till. This is the only problem area as far as I am concerned. The register lasted perfectly until littlest HonestBob got his mitts on it. He lifted the till by the microphone and dislodged it from its fitting, revealing a sharp metal prong used to keep the microphone rigid. With a bit of firm pressure and some wriggling I have been able to reinstate the microphone, but I am now wary that the metal prong presents a hazzard and I keep an eye on how littlest HonestBob (22 months) carries the register about. It has, however, remained in its slot since I pushed it back in, so it isn't a loose fitting, just one that should not be used to carry (and swing) the register about!
This toy is great for role play for younger children. At the moment Littlest HonestBob is mainly interested in the beeping noises made by the numerical buttons and the ping that sounds when the draw opens. He's at that age where he likes to put items inside other things, so I find all sorts of bits and bobs in the drawer (the banana slices were not a pleasant find). As he gets older (not too soon I hope) he will use it 'properly' to play 'shop' and eventually we will use it together to learn simple sums. I really do anticipate that the cash register will last that long!
The latest model of this toy is currently on sale for £16, reduced from £20. It comes with play money and credit card and requires 3 AA batteries. You will need a phillips (crosshead) screwdriver to access the battery compartment. The latest colours are red features (buttons, scanner etc..) on blue cash register (ours is a colourful combination of blue, lime green, red, orange and yellow!!)
Bought this for my granddaughter for Christmas and it has been a great success. She has played with it for hours over just two days.
It is made of very sturdy plastic and comes with a selection of well made 'shopping'. The till acts as a calculator and has a chip and pin with a thick plastic 'credit' card which doesn't easily become lost or disintegrate. The till requires 3 x AA batteries, the scan function is very realistic and there is a microphone which my Granddaughter uses all the time and has had us in hysterics with her annoucements!
The 'money' which comes with the till is also realistic with a selection of notes and coins.
I've been so pleased with my purchase and my Granddaughter obviously is but the only snag I can see is that she tends to pick it up with the microphone which could possibly snap off but is ok at the moment. The chip and pin is attached by a thin cord which could become detached with time possibly.
Having said this, it is a great buy and at just £16 (reduced from £20) was a bargain given the amount of pleasure it has given already. I do believe that just before Christmas it was reduced to just £10 - what a bargain!
I bought this item for my son shortly after his 3rd birthday to go with his kitchen and shopping trolley and it has provided hours of fun for the little and big kids alike.
It is currently selling for £16 reduced from £20 with extra play money at £4 (you probably wont need the extra money to start with but handy when coins get lost and notes ripped etc) It does take 3 AAA batteries but i think i have only rplaced them once.
The cash register has a working calculator display that is it actually adds up what you type in and the buttons are big enough for little fingers, a drawer to seperate the coins and a space for the notes. All the standard stuff you'd expect.
It also has a scanner that when things pulled over it displays a price at random and most impressive for my son a credit card ( a plastic card) which fits into a chip and pin machine.
At the start my son obviously had no concept of money and used to use the notes and coins as pennies, now at five he is beginning to learn the different values whilst playing. Playing shops, cafe's and even buying pieces of his farm and train set as well as the animals. He has now even started paying for his own treat at the corner shop and insisting on checking his change (the owner has the patience of a saint)
Would highly reccomend this product for hours of imaginative fun and its educational value.
My Daughter was bought this for her second birthday. It was bright and came with money, several groceries (box of cereal, lemon, carton of juice etc all in miniture), and a 'credit card'. The vesions she has has a 'chip and pin machine' and a real speaker 'tannoy'. It makes realistic noises and you can 'scan' the shopping. The till actually does calculate properly. This is very strong and robust as my Daughter has dropped in many times. She never gets bored of this toy and now she enjoys sharing it with her Sister who is 18 months old, now she is old enough and doesn't put things in her mouth. It's great for roll play and we can all play together which is nice as I know she is gaining good skills, communication, roll play and numbers. I did search around for a till and chose the Early Learning Centre as it was the cheapest and most bright and up to date.
Surely every child plays at 'shops' - I know I did! Well, our eldest daughter is no different and was given this for Christmas last year. She was just over 2 at the time and her eyes lit up as soon as she saw it. She's now just turned 3 and this is still played with all the time!
So what is it? This is a great toy till with all the features you could want. It has working buttons, cash drawer, microphone (so you can do those price checks!), scanner and chip and pin machine! When you press the buttons you are rewarded with real sounding till beeps and there is a button on the 'scanner' which you can run items over to hear another beep. The microphone works by depressing a large button as you talk and when you open the cash register there is a realistic sounding 'ding'. The till comes with a nice selection of play groceries (scaled down boxes of cereal, pizza, teabags, etc from Sainsburys as well as some fruit and veg), ELC currency (coins and notes) and a credit card for the chip and pin machine. So you really are kitted out to open up your very own shop!
Disadvantages? The only problem we have had is with the microphone. The stalk for the microphone is bendy, much like the ones on real tills which is great BUT given to a young child it tends to get bent a few too many times and now seems to have developed a loose connection which means it cuts out all the time... However, the til has so many other features that it's not too great a loss.
Price? The cash register retails at £20 from ELC and seems to be put on special offer from time to time at £16 so keep your eyes open for the reductions if you want a bargain! There are also a few these available on ebay usually but watch out for older versions as they don't have the chip and pin machine attached (although a child would be very unlikely to notice it was missing if they didn't know it was meant to be there...). You can also extend your 'shops' by buying various other accessories available from ELC - we have a shopping basket and extra groceries and fruit but there is also a shopping trolley, other play food, extra money, etc
Before purchasing this toy for our daughter, we had a good look around at all the alternatives, as there are a great number of these around on the market at present, all offering similar features. Perhaps the main reason for buying this particular one is the “Early Learning Centre” brand name, as one that you can rely on and trust. It also seems chunkier and more durable than comparable toys. In fact, my daughter has dropped it onto the floor of the kitchen many a time and it still works perfectly fine, with no hint of damage. The unit itself is very brightly coloured in red and green (Tesco’s, take note!), with chunky buttons on it. They make a satisfactory (and not too annoying) bleeping noise when pressed, the number is then displayed on a large LCD screen. Basically, the register works like a large calculator, prices can be punched in and then added up. Older children would find this a useful support tool in early addition skills. However, younger children just get the pleasure of seeing the numbers appear on the screen. As we all know, gone are the days of price stickers on items in supermarkets (whatever happened to all those price sticker guns?), so this till “reads” bar codes. Actually, it’s all a clever illusion, but to the untrained eye of a 3 year old, they think it’s great. When an item is passed over the black circle on the till, a “beep” sounds and a random price is generated on the LCD display. Younger children could pass the items over in any way, whether there is a bar code on them or not, but older children could be encouraged to look for the bar code. (Particularly if you have a career in Tesco’s in mind for them when they’re older!) A sheet of bar code stickers come in the box with the till, which are useful for making your own food boxes and sticking on for added realism. At the end of the transaction, the child has 2 options – they can
press the button to open the cash drawer (some “pretend” money comes with it). The drawer then flings itself out in typical Arkwright style, with a resounding “ping!” Or, they can move the pretend swipe card through the slot in the till, just like in a real supermarket. We find the till alone has limited play potential, and found that it needed supplementing with other play items. We bought a variety of realistic play food from Early Learning Centre (also available on-line!) – these range from fake lettuces to play cans, packets and the like. Asda also do a very realistic range of pretend food boxes, complete with Asda logos and pretend bar codes. Toys R Us also do a good range. We’ve also supplemented the stock with small boxes, like OXO cubes, spice boxes and free sample bottles. Finally, we picked up a very realistic child-size shopping trolley from a car boot sale, as well as a plastic shopping basket, which adds to the play potential. Our daughter is now 4 and has had a good year’s use out of it so far, and never seems to tire of it. Her Nan works on the checkout at the Co-op and she loves pretending to be Nanny on the checkout. These role-play type toys also develop the child’s language skills (trust me, I’m a teacher!), as well as early emergent writing skills – you can encourage the child to “write” a pretend shopping list before they play.
Scans barcodes and displays prices. Includes credit cards, pretend money and barcodes.