“ Brand: ELC / Age: 3 Years+ „
The Early Learning Centre Cash Register and Scanner is a great addition to our role play area.
We have a pink version of the cash register but you can get a blue version as well. The different shades of pink are all light and girly colours with small areas of light blue, lemon and mint green for the buttons. The children love the girly look, it is mostly girls who play with it, but boys do play as well occasionally (but they prefer to play with the dinosaurs).
The cash register is made from a strong plastic which seems to be unbreakable. It is quite heavy and some how children always manage to push it off the side of the table and onto the wooden floor. This usually makes them jump as it is so loud. Despite this it is still in perfect condition, pretty amazing as it seems to find its way to the floor every week.
The number buttons are a lemon colour and include 0 to 9, it also has 00 which is good as it makes it like a real cash register. Children usually put any numbers in, so shopping here could be expensive, but I often use it to help them with number recognition. This is a great advantage as they don't see it as learning, in their eyes they are just having fun. There is also a plus button, total (the equivalent to equal) and cash button. As the children are between two and four they don't understand these buttons fully so they are just incorporated in there random button pressing. All the numbers they enter (or as many as fit) will be shown on the little screen, just like a calculator would. This is near the top in a lemon oval, this makes it stand out.
On the front left is a mint green button which is oval shaped. When you press it it opens the cash drawer and gives you access to the money. Money is provided and includes a range of notes and coins. They look reasonably similar to the real thing and are great for counting skills. They can be stored in the cash drawer neatly as they fit in perfectly. The notes are made from paper whilst the coins are plastic. We haven't had any break, but they do seem to go missing due to size. The drawer is split into five parts, four equal squares for the coins and a large rectangle for the notes. Children are always opening and shutting this drawer to accept or give out money. They usually give more in change than they were given in the first place (it's a shame the shops I go to don't do that) but I think they just love the idea of opening a drawer with a button.
The speaker is at the back left and can be moved around a bit. There is a button underneath to press to make it work. The children love speaking into this as it is unlike any other toys they have. It is great for announcements in the shop which is usually anything they feel like saying at the time. Sometimes they use it as a microphone to sing into, they have probably seen others do this and want to copy. It is not really loud, but loud enough to hear a difference in their voice, they love this.
The scanner on the left has a space to scan through the items. It makes a beep sound, which is a good volume, when you push on the small circle. This isn't too hard so you can scan as if it isn't there. Whenever children get the chance to play with this cash register you can always hear them beeping away. They always get their friends to visit the shop so they can be shopkeeper and scan the items. This is their favorite part and if there are no children who want to join in I am usually invited over to the shop to join in. I have very little money left after visiting that shop, I am a regular customer though!
The card machine looks reasonably like the real think and is attached to the main cash register by a wire. It is pink with lemon coloured numbers like the main machine. There is an enter button as well. A plastic card is provided which fits in well and doesn't look quite like the real thing, but it's good enough for a toy. Children don't tend to use this much as they prefer the other parts of the register more. They do still like to press the buttons though. When the machine is not in use the card machine can be balanced on the scanner (it is not heavy enough for a constant beeping).
If all the above was not enough it also comes with some good looking plastic food and cardboard packets. This really is the perfect set for your own little shopkeeper. All this and it only costs £22 (from ELC), what a bargain! It requires 3AA batteries which seems to last a long time.
It is a fantastic cash register which keeps our children entertained for hours. They gain social skills by interacting with there friends and generally have a great time with all they do. They love the role play and idea of doing an adults job so we have quite a large shop. We have stacks of food, loads of shopping baskets, trolleys and shopping bags but this cash register is the centre of all the fun. I don't know what we'd do without it!
When 21 month old Freddy received a £10 gift voucher from the ELC (as part of an apology for messing up an order), I already had a really good idea what he should buy with it. I'd seen this Electronic Cash Register with Scanner (henceforth known as the till) on the website at half price for only £11. Seeing as he already owns a toy shopping trolley and play food, I felt this would be the perfect addition to his role playing toy collection. So the next time we were in our local major town, we popped into the ELC and I had no hesitation supplying the extra pound.
==Ker-ching - A Parent's View==
The till comes supplied in a relatively large, open-faced box along with a small number of accessories including play money, play food and even a credit card. As is often the case with such toys there were a number of plastic ties that needed to be untwisted but on a scale of one to ten, I would put the difficulty of removing this from the packaging at about a five, meaning it's not really a toy that needs to be put together before the big day. As this is an electronic toy, it obviously needs batteries (that are not supplied), in this case it requires three AA batteries that are installed in a compartment behind a screw closed flap. Once the screw is tightened this flap is held firmly shut, meaning there is little likelihood that little fingers would be able to get at the batteries.
As with many of the ELC role play toys the till is available in two colour schemes, a very girly pink and the far more unisex version that Freddy owns (and I will now be concentrating on). Following the same colour scheme as the trolley and shopping basket, the main body of the till is a pale blue while the keypad is red with green buttons, the drawer is red, the scanner and microphone are white and the chip and pin pad is green with yellow buttons. Personally I would go for this colour scheme whether it was bought for a boy or girl as there is then more scope for it to be passed on to another child.
The till itself is made of a glossy plastic that is easy to wipe clean and is a good size at approximately 30cm by 20cm (including scanning area). I like how this is not so big that we have difficulty storing it, but is big enough to allow room for the child to play. The buttons on the keypad are large enough for even a young child to press and are all clearly labelled. The LCD screen is, however, a little small, the numbers do show up, but a younger child may struggle to recognise the numbers (especially as it's an LCD display, which means the numbers are squared off). What I particularly like about the keypad and display is that it actually adds up as prices are inputted and gives a final total. It even works out what change the customer should get, which really adds to the realism. What I don't like so much is that when switched on each key makes a beep, that gets pretty irritating after listening to it for half hour or so, especially as there is no volume control.
The cash drawer is opened via a large yellow button, which is very prominent. On pressing this button the drawer flies open, accompanied by a ker-ching sound effect. This drawer is also easy for even a young child to close and has compartments for the notes and different types of coin. What I particularly like about the drawer is that it works even if the till hasn't been turned on, which means I don't always have to listen to the accompanying sound effects.
In the top, left corner of the till is a microphone so the cashier can call for a price check or supervisor. This microphone is on a bendy stem that can be manipulated to just the right height and only works when a button is pressed. I wouldn't say that this greatly amplifies your voice (thank heavens) but it does make it noticeably louder and adds another dimension to play. Down the left hand side of the till is a conveyor belt, which doesn't actually move but it does have a button that when pressed on by passing a tin, packet or piece of fruit over will bring a random price up on the screen with a beep.
The final part of the till is a chip and pin machine that is connected via a wire. This machine has a slot for a toy credit card and a numerical keypad so the customer to type in their PIN. What I particularly like about this machine is that it has a pair of LED lights on it with the lit light changing from red to green as the PIN is entered, this makes the till so much more realistic and like something the child would experience in real life. What I don't like is that the wire connecting this to the till is relatively thin and a probable weak point in the till's construction.
The play groceries supplied with the till are a mixed bag really, with some being of good quality that will last the course and others that will probably be rendered unusable after a matter of minutes. There are four pieces of plastic fruit including a banana, lemon and what could either be interpreted as a green and red apple or peppers. These pieces of fruit are fairly small, but quite sturdy and have survived a certain someone pretending to eat them. There are also a pair of tins, one of beans and the other cat food. These tins are both branded M&S and look like perfect little miniatures. Freddy also has the M&S play tins set and from experience with these I can safely say that these are much better quality than the toy groceries from most other stores. The final group of groceries come in the form of packets and cartons, all once again designed to look like perfect miniatures of M&S products. There's a reasonable selection of different packets, including a pizza, milk, orange juice, ice lollies, cereal and tea bags, but as they are all made of card they are very fragile and will not survive any amount of play, no matter how careful the child. Personally while I think it's nice that a selection of play groceries is included with the till, I also feel that you will need to budget for buying extras to add variety. (Or you could save empty packets).
It wouldn't be any use have groceries to buy unless you had some means of paying for them and along with the credit card an amount of play money is included with the till. I must admit that I've actually put this money away for now, but there are a good number of both notes and coins included. As with any paper money, the notes are probably a little fragile, but they fit nicely in the till. There are lots of plastic coins in various denominations, both silver and bronze, but these are all small enough to cause a choking hazard for the smaller child. The credit card is a good size and made of plastic so suitable for even younger children to play with. A really nice touch on the credit card is the amount of detail on it, there is a picture of a chip and even a magnetic strip on the back.
As a parent I can't help but feel that this is a lovely little role playing set. It's well made with lots of attention to detail and plenty of play value. Ok, it's not perfect, there could have been fewer card groceries and more tins and the beeping can start to get irritating after prolonged periods of play, but from an adult's perspective, it deserves a heart four stars out of five. But as with any toy, kit's not just my opinion that counts.....
==Clean Up Aisle Three Please - A Child's View==
At twenty one months, Freddy is considerably younger than the recommended minimum age for playing with this till, but with the exception of some of the extra pieces there is nothing about it that would cause a hazard and he has been playing rudimentary role play games for some time now. For obvious reasons we have put those pieces that we thought could cause a choking hazard away for now, so he hasn't been playing with the money or the cardboard groceries.
As soon as the till was removed from the packaging Freddy couldn't wait to get his hands on it and it's been a firm favourite ever since. When we play shops together this has become an invaluable prop, along with the trolley and play food. Freddy thinks the scanner is particularly funny and enjoys pretending to be the cashier (with some help), pressing the buttons, chattering into the microphone, pressing the buttons and opening and closing the drawer. I won't say that our play is particularly sophisticated so far, but Freddy does seem to enjoy playing. The buttons are all a good size for Freddy to press and he has no trouble closing the drawer, but he does struggle a little to grasp the idea that he has to keep the button pressed down while talking for the microphone to work. Freddy also loves being the customer, filling his trolley up and then paying for it at the till with his credit card. I must say that the credit card fits quite snugly into the reader and it does frustrate him that he can't remove it easily.
As well as spending time playing with the till together, Freddy spends a considerable amount of time playing with it on his own, not always in the way the ELC intended. It only took him a minute to work out how to switch it on and from then on he has delighted in pressing the buttons and he seems particularly fixated on the drawer (spending anything up to half hour opening and closing it). Being quite a boisterous toddler he's probably been a little rougher on the till than the average three year old would be, having carried it around by the microphone, dropped it on several occasions and even explored with his mouth. I must say the till has coped admirably with this treatment, to give Freddy many hours of pleasure.
There's no doubt that Freddy loves this till, it is a toy that he actively seeks out whether to play with by himself or with an adult. He adores spending time pressing all the buttons and the proof of this has been the last few days when he has been unwell and the till has been the only toy he has found the energy to play with. So I think that Freddy would give this till an almighty five stars out of five.
==That'll Be £11 Please - Suitability And Developmental Benefits==
Although billed as suitable for children over the age of three with the exception of some of the accessories there is nothing about it that would cause a hazard to younger children. While I would suggest removing the play money and cardboard groceries, I see no reason why a toddler of eighteen months or over should not be able to play with it. Although they may not be able to understand the concept of shops they will still enjoy pressing the buttons and then as they get older they will grow into the idea of role play. As to the older end of the age range, well I would imagine that a six or seven year old (or even older) would still enjoy using the till as "shops" is a perennial favourite.
As you would expect from the ELC this toy is promoted as helping a child develop all important skills as they have fun playing. Personally I feel this till is particularly versatile as far this goes, especially if it is played with over a number of years. Firstly your child's fine motor skills are tested as they press the buttons, insert the credit card and shut the drawer along with their understanding of cause and effect. (The look on his face as Freddy discovered which button opened the drawer was a picture).
As they get older the till becomes an excellent prop as they develop their imagination and role play. It looks realistic enough and has enough features to make it easy for a child to imagine it's the real thing. The attention to detail with the chip and pin machine, credit card and microphone and noises means your child can be just like Mummy (or Daddy). The till can also be used to help your child start to understand the concept of shops and shopping along with the value of money. As the child further progresses the till can also be used to help with number recognition, counting and addition. And of course it encourages cooperative play and when you play with your child you can help them improve their vocabulary and conversational skills as you talk.
==Your Change Madam - Final Words==
This is a beautifully designed till that has proved to be a big hit with both Freddy and myself. Although we could have quite easily made do with a shoe box, this till just adds a touch more realism to our play and gives an extra dimension by allowing Freddy to also have fun playing with the buttons. Although I'm not too sure about the original £22 price tag it is more than worth the £11 half price and is a toy I would recommend for all young children from about eighteen months to about six years of age. But I would also recommend buying addition play groceries, or building up a collection of empty boxes to stock your shop.
As to stars out of five, if you average out mine and Freddy's scores then we would be awarding four and a half out of five. But seeing as we have to give a whole number, we're going to give the ELC Electronic Cash Register and Scanner a resounding five out of five.
At the start of December my Dad asked my Uncle what his little girl, Eloise might want for Christmas, to which he replied, "She'd really like a shop!". So after only a little look around I found the ELC Cash Register and Scanner in Boots. As they live in Kent (we're up in Stoke) we ordered this online and got it delivered straight to them to avoid postal delays and costs incurred by it coming to us first. It arrived on Christmas Eve, just in time and by all accounts has been very well received.
When we bought the register it was £20 but has since gone up to £22, it does come with a free pink shopping basket which is worth £4 so is a nice present. Included in the set is the register, chip and pin machine, play money and credit card and various food items. As Ellie is only two and a half, she is always watched with playing with this, and she only plays with the notes not the coins, the product is recommended for children aged 3 and up.
The cash register itself is well, very pink! It's perfect for every little girl, ELC do exactly the same register with free basket in blue and red, obviously geared towards boys. This is perhaps also a better option for boys and girls who play together, a lot of little boys wouldn't be very happy ovperating such a pink till, and appeals to both sexes. The till itself is very sturdy, and the plastic means it can easily be wiped clean, the buttons are also very bold and visible in pastel shades of green and yellow. The keypad itself, like all cash registers of this type contains the numbers 0-9 aswell as a plus, total and cash button which operates the money tray underneath. There is a small display above the keypad so that the child can see which where they are in their food calculations, however the child can also scan the different food items. There is a microphone at the top of the till, with a button beneath to turn it on, this is just the right volume, not too loud! The chip and pin machine is connected to the main till by a thick wire, there's a slot at the top for the card and another keypad onto which the childs pin can be inputted to pay for shopping.
Since Christmas, this has fast become one of Ellie's favourite toys, we'd had reports from my Uncle that she liked nothing more than shopping, especially with her credit card! When we went down to visit them a couple of weekends ago, I was honoured enough to be allowed to go shopping with her. She's a very bright little girl and does sit behind her till pressing the little buttons. She's since had new items of food from IKEA added to the original ones that came with the set, these are recommended, especially for younger children as they are fabric. The food which comes with this set holds the same labelling as M&S products- I'm not sure whether this is intentional. There are a few pieces of fruit and a tin of beans and some cat food which are all pretty hard wearing. However, there are a few pieces which are made of hollow cardboard and these have soon become worn and squashed.
Ellie recognises that the microphone amplifies her voice and the button which is needed to do this is very easy for her to find. With a little help can scan items through, and recognises the different items, she likes playing with the money and punching a code into the pin machine. This product helps her create different shopping baskets of food, and aids her imagination as she likes to lay her now vast collection of food out so that other can choose items to bring to her at the till. It also is helping her to learn how to share as when we're both 'doing our shopping' she does sometimes let me have an item of food which she would like.
The till does requie 3 x AA batteries, I asked my Uncle and he said she's played with this a lot and the batteries have kept their life well.
Overall, this is a sturdy toy, perfect for little girls. There are alternatives available for boys and it really is good value especially with the free basic, it aids both social and imagination skills. This is perfect for children two and up in my opinion, as long as you're careful with the small coins, it's something that can provide hours of fun and I'm sure Ellie will continue playing with this as she starts to recognize the foods more and hopefully this will help her with number recognition. Definately recommended.
As anyone who has read any of my toy reviews will know that I do like the old fashioned toys that you can get down on the floor with and play with the child in question. Well this is a modern twist on an old toy which most children enjoy. I have had my eye on this Cash Register from the Early Learning Centre ( I love this shop!) for many years and decided to buy one for my nephew who is nearly 3 years old.
Well I ended up buying 2 as the price that they were going for was truly fantastic, in Boots (which sells ELC toys as well)after Christmas they were having their usual wonderful 75% sale and the assistants were unpacking brown cardboard boxes and pulling these cash registers out ( only in blue, which was great for me!). When I asked how much they was they, the assistant said GET READY FOR IT £4.00, I couldn't believe my ears as they retail for around £22.00, as you can imagine there was nearly a fight for them. I managed to grab 2 one for my nephew and one for my grandson who is a bit to young at the moment for it.
Coming in the shape of a large cash till, with a scanner attached at the side and a credit card machine attached to that. Also included is a small amount of loose change and notes, this is a great toy for getting older children to add up different amounts of money and subtracting your change. Being right up to date it even has it's own credit card, with which you press any 3 buttons and it will accept your card and light up green.
This set also contains a few different kinds of tins and boxes of different foods for example;
A tin of cat food
A tin of baked beans
Banana, lemon, pepper and apple
When you wish to buy something from the shopkeeper, he has to scan the item over the scanner for the price. Then presses the total button to get the total bill. My nephew has had great fun with this and the main thing that he really loves is the microphone, that you can use to pretend to call someone for a price check like in a real supermarket!.
We have had so much fun with this and the 3 AA batteries seem to have lasted for ages. I found that my nephew loves to make sure that all the money is in the right little box when the draw opens and likes to say will that be cash or on your card!
I believe that now this comes with a free basket and other food items, but for what I paid for this I'm completely happy with the one I got at that price. I'm really glad I managed to grab 2 as I can't wait to play with my grandson as well.
A really well deserved 5 Dooyoo stars!!
Whenever we went into the Early Learning Centre, my daughter would head straight for the display model of this till. Although only one at the time, she loved sitting at the table and playing with this - pressing all the buttons and letting the till open. The ELC does a basic version of a till for toddlers, but I felt my daughter would be happier with this one as it would last for longer.
It comes with a lot of extras for your money and she enjoyed playing with it. For the moment, she is not allowed to use the play money as she loves putting everything in her mouth, but she loves the noises the till makes. It makes noises when she presses the buttons on the till, the buttons on the chip and pin device and when things go over the scanner. She also enjoys it when I play with her and use the microphone. It's not very loud, but does change the voise a bit.
The best thing about this is that it will grow with my daughter. I can play with her so she can learn how things work and she can then play with it on her own when she is older. There are cheaper versions of tills available, but the ELC one has more features with it and I would therefore recommend this one instead of the cheaper ones.
When I was a child, I remember my nan playing grocery shop with me. My till was a cardboard box with numbers drawn on it that I would press at as I pretended to be totalling up. Oh what glorius days.
Fast forward 25 years and I found myself playing this very same game with my daughter. But how things have changed over such a relative short period of time. Now a carboard box with numbers on would be sniffed at! now we have a till which includes a keypad, chip and pin machine, a fully working microphone and a barcode scanner. Infact it is a full replica of the tills in the supermarkets in toy form.
I bought this pink till in the early learning centre for my little girl. Of course, it was a very succesful gift. However I think this had more to do with the sugar pink colour than the toy itself. I was very impressed with the quality of this toy. It is sturdy and durable. The cash dispenser part of the till comes out easily with the press of a button each time. The toy comes with an assortment of play coins and notes.
ALthough the microphone is not very loud, it is still very effective. My daughter likes to call for customer services please. Which is very amusing. The chip and pin which is attached to the cash register is a very novel aspect to this toy. My daughter loves to put the card in and type in her pin number. This certainly encourages both her imagination and role playing skills.
The food items that are included within this toy are quite poor. There is not enough items to play a good game. The fruit is quite good quality. However the packets and boxes broke very quickly.
This till is an excellent, lovely looking toy. My daughter is very girly and therefore really appreciated the pink colour. I do believe that they offer dofferent coloured options. I would certainly say that this till is very durable and offers that little something extra and more novel with the inclusion of the chip and pin machine. This toy could be improved if better food items were included.
My daughter played for hours with her till. It managed to retain it's battery power well despite almost constant use. I was also pleased with the authentic beeping noises that are clear to hear when pressing the buttons. Which I believe makes the toy all the more appealing. The only problem I found with this till was that whilst girls think the pink is cool. Her male cousins would not play shops with her as they refused to use a pink till!!
All in all an excellent, well presented item. I have no doubt that this toy will promote a childs emotional and cognative development. It encourages active role play which in turn stimulates the mind and encourages an active imagination. A slight improvement to my cardboard box with number on!!
I had been looking for a good cash register for my little girl for christmas and my friend bought her this one. Coming from the Early Learning Centre i immediately thought it would be a good one, and i'm pleased to say i haven't been at all disappointed. Although being only two, my daughter is very much into role play so something like this was ideal for her, especially as she likes to "use" the chip and pin machine at asda!!!
The cash register is excellent value for money, it included a basket (which was free of charge), paper money and coins, chip and pin device along with a credit card, and some "shopping". On the cash register itself there is a scanner which automatically puts a price in the till when the child scans an item over. As well as those features, there is a microphone, which my daughter likes to say "cashier number three please" - it must be the most common thing she hears in stores!!
This is a really good toy, it encourages role play and the value of money. My little girl is maybe a little too young for this, but it hasn't stopped her enjoyment at all. She loves to use the chip and pin, says its just like mummy in asda. The recommended age is 3+ which i think is just right in order for the child to appreciate all the features.
As with most ELC toys the cash register comes in pink (for girls) and blue and red (for boys) but i dont think pink needs to be bought for the girls necessarily. I would say this is quite a hard wearing toy, however the microphone broke within a couple of days which was a shame.
I think it is really important to encourage children to play in a variety of ways, and this cash register, whcih we have owned for a couple of years, regularly features in role play in our house. It has been an integral part of many a shopping and cafe game, I think "shoe shops" was our most enjoyable and long running use of this toy. At £22 currently from ELC (check 20 % off offers or 3 for 2 at Boots) it woud make a good addition to any collection of toys, and in my experience is one that is played with a lot.
What you get:
The cash register features a working microphone, calculator - it actually adds up correctly and beeps in an authentic manner, and also comes with a chip and pin card, reader and a variety of food and money printed with the ELC logo. There is a button to open the cash drawer, and you can also "scan" items by passing them over a little button that is just hidden under the card reader in the picture above. Batteries were included when we bought it, but ELC seem to have a policy of not including them any more - I checked and the most recent information seems to suggest that you will need to have two AA batteries at hand for that Birthday or Christmas morning.
What's good and what's not?
As I have already said this toy has a lot of play value - the age guideline says from 3, due to the small size of the coins I assume, but in my experience it can be happily played with long before that. All children have experience of going to the shop and so will enjoy re-enacting going shopping.
We did find that the play food that came with the item was pretty short lived, apart from the fact that the banana and apples are pretty puny, the labels from the tins soon came off and the cardboard packets didn't stand up to play for long. This was not too much of a problem as we have other playfood, and ELC do sell more sturdy fare. The other issue we have had, which is true also of a friend's register, is that the card reader became detached from the main til over time, and so ceased to be usuable (we did try to see if we could reattach the wire but no joy). It was just too much of a tempting item to hold the register by, and it couldn't withstand this treatment. Also the drawer regularly gets stuck if loaded up with coins and sometimes has to be "jimmied" open by an adult with a table knife.
If I am making this toy sound rubbish, it really isn't though, given that the microphone is pretty effective and withstands plenty of enthusiastic use by the three year old. Also the buttons on the till are nice and sturdy and the whole thing (bar the aforementioned card reader) is very durable.
The register is available in blue and pink, and a few issues notwithstanding I still think it is a good item, given ELC's excellent customer service, should your register develop a problem just after purchase I am pretty sure from previous experience of dealing with them that they will be happy to investigate and replace the item if necessary.
This is a good toy which is more realistic and chunky than alternatives that I have seen elsewhere (tesco and sainsbury's both do their own versions), and I think that it is worth buying, especially if you can find it at a reduced price.
This register has provided my children with many hours of enjoyment and continues to be used very regularly. This is not a toy that will be bought and end up being more decorative than played with, and despite the few niggles we have with it, I still would recommend this cash register.
My daughter for her birthday wanted lots of role playing dolls, such as a kitchen and a shop etc, and my mother in law brought her a market stall shop which she loved, so in addition to this shop to make her role playing experience of being a shop keeper even the better my mum brought her The Early Learning Centre pink till and scanner.
Upon opening the till, I was impressed with the contents as for £20 you seemed to get a good deal for your money, included in the packaging was;
The cash register
Chip and Pin device
Money: notes and coins
Some plastic food (a lemon, banana, apple and a pepper)
Some Cardboard and plastic food packaging ( baked beans/milk/tuna/weetabix/lollies/pizza/teabags and orange juice)
The till was really easy to set up with it just needing the batteries popping in and you were all up and running and ready to open your shop.
My daughter has loved this toy, and being pink I think this has obviously proved a lot more popular as most mummies with little pink princesses on your hands know all about.
The toy is really easy to use, the buttons are big and user friendly, there are buttons to enter in the prices, and the button to activate the opening of the drawer to the register, the microphone took a little getting used to for my daughter, you have to keep your finger on the button for the microphone to work, but she has got it now.....Unfortunately!!!!! The LCD screen showing what you have entered also is easy to see and user friendly for the little ones.
This toy has been a brilliant toy for her imagination, she has had great fun shouting at her daddy to get her a fruit shoot from the microphone that is attached, and has also used it to tell me she needs the toilet!!!! Nice!!!
My daughter as most children of her age has a very huge imagination and this toy is brilliant for that, she has loved to pretend she is a checkout girl, and sets up her shop along with half the contents on my cupboard also, she stacks all the tins etc on her toy box and then invites us to her shop.
Upon choosing your items and stacking them up for her, she then scans them through the pretend barcode scanner, she has even started pretended they wont scan and then shouting for her assistant ( aka Baby Annabelle) to get her a price. The scanner is easy to use its basically a little button that when pressed with a can, or item etc it makes a little buzz sound like you get when you do your shopping at the supermarket.
The chip and pin device is a great addition to the cash register, and my daughter loves this the most, I think because she sees myself and her daddy using the chip and pin, it makes her feel like a grown up by pretending to use her own. It's very easy to use also you push in the plastic card, and then press a couple of buttons and it flashes little green lights to say it's approved.
Also the education side of this toy is great, as they can learn about handling money, recognition of numbers and also even down to the social skills, by saying thank you and please to your customers, and helping them with their shopping etc, all these things make the toy a great asset to any toy box in my opinion for girls or boys (although boys may want to go for the other colours)
The durability of the toy is brilliant, it's really chunky and easy to wipe down etc; my daughter has already dropped it down the stairs twice and is still in tact. Very sturdy toy and made with great quality as you would expect from the early learning centre.
ELC sell this product along with the blue one also for £20.00, they also have a special offer at the moment where if you buy the till you get a free shopping basket, which again is lovely for role playing and again good quality and sturdy design.
Overall this toy in my opinion is a must have for any budding checkout assistants.
Features a working keypad, microphone, chip and pin, LCD screen and barcode scanner. Comes complete with play money and a pretend credit card.