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My 3 year old twin boys loved kitchens, role playing, dressing up etc so it was no surprise last Christmas when they were overflowing with toys which involved all of this.
One of their many toys were the Chad Valley Cash Register. Perfect for Mummy and them to play shops with, shame it didn't come with Real money though eh lol!
The cash register can be bought from Argos for £9.99 or usually in the £2 for £15 offer which was good for me as obviously I had to buy two!
A cash register is perfect for encouraging children to role play as it involves a lot of imagination and interaction.
The cash register comes packaged in a chad valley decorated cardboard box, amongst other things. The cash register itself is fairly small - the exact size is given on the argos website which is (H)17.8, (W)24.7, (D)12.7cm. Included in the box is the cash register, play plastic food, a bag of flat packed cardboard box food items, a plastic (toy) credit card and play money - coins and paper notes. The cash register does require batteries, 2 x AA batteries, which unfortunately don't come included.
Once the batteries are in, and your child begins pressing buttons they are rewarded with beeping from buttons, lit up numbers on the screen, a scanner which lights up and a drawer which pings open with a push of a button. Although quite a small and compact cash register it includes everything a child would probably think of when it comes to playing shops, a screen for them to look at, calculator buttons to press, a slot to swipe their credit card through when paying for their plastic food, the drawer to put the money in, which jingles about when the drawer pops open and a scanner to scan the food - all very realistic and thought out for a young one, well and me lol!
The cash register is suitable for children aged 3 years and over, however I'd say the cash register itself could be given to a child aged 2 and over to play with, it's more the food and the play money which wouldn't really be appropriate for a child younger than 3 due to choking etc.
It's not the best quality toy and the drawer is a bit temperamental when it comes to opening at times, but it has provived months of fun for my twin boys who will be 4 this november and they received these last Christmas. The shop games they play appear to be so much fun, especially with the excitement of the sound effects, the beeps here and there and the funky tune when they swipe their credit card - good job it's not my real one lol! My only downfall for this toy is the drawer doesn't open far enough, it pops open perfectly and pings as it does so which adds to the fun, but half of it stays within the opening of the cash register, which means if a child puts money in that back part of the drawer they are going to have some trouble getting it back out, especially the paper notes. Apart from this it's a fab little toy which offers lots of fun, the plastic food is all very realistic including drinks bottles, tinned foods and cereal packets. It's a brightly coloured cash register which makes it all the more appealing to look at for a child too!
It provides many hours of enjoyment and real hearty play from my two boys, who actually enjoy playing this 1 together, yes mums and dads it's a winner, no squabbles, fights and tantrums, ok there is sometimes! I'd definitely reccomend this to anybody who has young children, it's a toy your children can play with on their own or you can play with them for some enjoyable family time, although I don't know about you but I hate food shopping with the kids lol!
I bought this for my son as part of his Christmas this year as he showed a great interest in my friends sons and also he is fascinated by numbers and I thought this would be a good toy that he would enjoy.
It retails in Argos for £10.39 but is also part of the 2 for £15 offer that is on in there on selected toys most of the time.
The box seems really small and at first I thought it would be much larger than it actually is but after seeing it outside the box it is quite chunky with big buttons that doubles up as a calculator which is a great feature in my opinion.
The cash register pings open at the touch of a button. Included is the plastic coins and a couple of paper notes. It also includes a plastic card that gets swiped through the card bit and plays a tune and can be stored in the cash register drawer.
It is brightly coloured and there is a screen that displays the results of the calculator.
It takes 2 AA batteries but I have just used the packs you get from the £1 shop as it seems that Chad Valley toys can last a while with these batteries.
Overall this product is great and I would definately recommend it, my son has had a lot of fun playing with this toy so far and I'm sure it'll last for a good while.
I bought this toy as part of my sons birthday present as he always liked to pretend he was in a shop and taking orders as though he was at a restaurant so thought this was a good idea. I got this product from Argos in a 2 for £15 offer which I though was a great buy as everywhere else I looked for a cash register they were mostly around £10-£15 each.
The till is a bit small compared to others but is a good size for young children to play with as the buttons are all quite large which makes it easy for children to use. There is a fully functional calculator and scanner which when a food item is pressed onto it, it creates the traditional 'beeping' sound. Also there is a credit card scanner which when the card is swiped through it plays a short melody. The money drawer opens easily with a button on the till but it can be a bit difficulty to get money in and out of the back section of the drawer as it doesn't open enough to reach all of the drawer. The cash register comes with several items of pretend food which are either in sturdy boxes such as the animals biscuits or are in bottles like the milk. The boxes of pretend food need to be constructed but this only takes a matter of seconds as all the folds are already marked and creased so you just need to fold it all together.
2 x AA batteries are required which are not included but I got a pack from our local pound land which are great any last for ages. In the picture for this toy there is a small basket which looks as tho it would come with it but in fact ours did not contain one so I went out and bought one as my son was wanting a basket to put his food in so that it would make it more realistic that he was playing shops. I feel the cash register was a good buy and my son thinks it is great and loves setting up all the food and going his shopping to the supermarket.
Shortly before Christmas, my Dad asked for ideas for presents for my youngest son who was around two and a half at the time. As he had taken to playing 'shops' with his big brother (improvising with his Fisher Price garage as a counter!) I thought a toy till would be a good idea.
Grandad has a tendency to think that bigger is better at times so I did make a point of asking for something small as we are quickly running out of room when it comes to toys. Even so, when Grandad dropped off an advance delivery from Santa, I was surprised to see a really small little present for our youngest and thought that he'd changed his mind and bought something else.
In actual fact, the present did contain a toy till, much to my son's delight - the Chad Valley supermarket cash register. In spite of the grand sounding name, this is a much smaller toy than I'd expected - certainly much smaller than similar products from ELC and Fisher Price. I have to admit that I was a little bit disappointed initially (although my two year old was absolutely delighted) and almost wished that I'd bought him the ELC version myself as his older brother had that one many years before.
As it happens, this Chad Valley till is small but perfectly formed and is ideal as it can just be thrown (quite literally) straight into the toy box every night without taking up too much space. Although this is recommended for children aged three or over, I think it is the perfect till for a younger child who is just starting to experiment with imaginative role playing. The buttons are round and chunky, perfectly proportioned for little fingers and the small size of the till makes it ideal for a little one to sit in front of and set to work. Unlike some of the more expensive counterparts, there aren't really any extra bits and pieces, such as microphones or PIN pads that are liable to break off and spoil the toy, making this a pretty durable and sturdy little offering for a first till.
It has a fully functioning calculator (providing you insert two AA batteries, as none are supplied), scanner for the credit card provided as well as an imitation shopping belt which beeps as the goods are scanned over it - just like a real supermarket. The till also comes supplied with quite a decent selection of mini plastic goods for customers to purchase as well as a (very) small shopping basket, play money and a credit card. The real surprise was how it managed to fit inside the tiny little box it was supplied in. This is the total opposite of most kids' toys which are generally so over-packaged that you end up really disappointed by the actual contents once you get inside!
Despite (or perhaps because of) the compact size, this was an instant hit with both of my boys who were vying over who was going to be shopkeeper and who was going to be the customer first. They love the sound effects of swiping the card and scanning the items, although the till drawer doesn't make a noise but it does pop open in a satisfying way. Everything that can physically be scanned, including their own bottoms, has made it across that tiny little scanner!
The only real room for improvement would be in the position of the till drawer which is very difficult to access, even for tiny toddler fingers. My boys often struggle to remove the plastic credit card from the back of the drawer. The fake bank notes supplied are just as you'd expect really (think Monopoly money) but they aren't sufficiently coated or thickened for them to withstand repeated play. Most of our notes have either been torn, crumpled up through getting stuck at the back of the drawer or just generally mislaid. We now make do with the ever popular credit card and the plastic coins.
As a tool for role play, this is great fun and has provided many, many hours of fun for my two boys - although I often find myself roped into the weekly shopping too. Unfortunately, my toddler's customer service skills are a little lacking as he often refuses to sell me certain items in my basket and has even been known to 'eat' or 'drink' some of the goods before I've bought them! He's been trying out a single pricing policy from the sounds of things, as everything tends to cost a consistent 'ten pounds, please.' This isn't so bad when we are buying random objects out of the toy box (as everything within reach gets used in our supermarket game) but seems a bit steep when it comes to that single pint of milk! Oh well, even Harrods and Marks & Spencer had to start out somewhere - this could be the start of a new range of £10 Shops!
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this toy only costs £9.99 from Argos and is part of their longstanding mix and match 'two toys for £15' promotion, making this till and all of its accessories an absolute bargain. This toy really is excellent value for money considering how well made it is and the play value it offers to young children.
Argos Catalogue number 384/4414