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At our local mother and toddler group we have a toy library that visits us once a month. I love the idea of it and enjoy choosing a couple of new toys with my son once a month to bring home to try out. This month as soon as I saw the little wooden till I knew my son would go for it. I couldn't argue it did look rather cute! I am a sucker for wooden toys, I don't know what it is but they just seem better all round.
My son couldn't wait to get it home and get it out of the box. It was an instant hit with him. He took up in his pop up shop we bought from Tesco's this summer and became the shop keeper. It made a fantastic little till for him.
This till is slightly on the small size but this often seems to be the case when you get wooden things. It measures 18cm by 18cm by 9cm in depth. It is pleasing to the eye and would make a lovely gift for a small child. It is mainly wood finish with a hint of colour so is unisex. The age range for the till is 3 years and above. My son is two and half and loves it. There isn't any small lose bits to worry about so I am happy for it to be about when my youngest is crawling around.
The till comes with a touch tone calculator to add up the shopping. I actually really like this as it gives it a modern day till look. As my son is only young he just enjoys pressing the buttons but for an older child they will be able to use it to actually add things up. The buttons on the calculator make a beeping noise so it's a bit more realistic. It is the only part of the till that is electronic.
The drawer underneath pulls out to store play pennies and notes. It does come fully out so there is no fear of losing any bits down the back of the drawer. It also comes with a till roll which you can scribble on. My son loves doing this them handing me my receipt over. If I bought it I'm not too sure how you would go about getting a replacement. But as it's from the toy library it's not something I have even looked into so it could be easier then I think.
It seems well made. We have had it nearly three weeks now and the youngest has tested it in his own way and it doesn't have a mark on it. My eldest son loves it to bits and is often sat on the couch adding his basket of shopping up. I could see this toy as a keeper. It doesn't look babyish and I could see an older child happily playing with it.
The cost of it is around the 20 to 25 pound mark. This may seem on the expensive side compared to the all singing all dancing plastic play tills you can buy. But this one looks and feels so much better. And from a parents point of view it is nice to not have a really noisy toy you get fed up with after day one. When my son is playing with this you don't even notice apart from the little giggles of enjoyment that come from him.