Saturday, April 21, 2007

Preparing Your Child for Preschool – Play Cash Register

Yesterday, I mentioned how we use play foods to learn about healthy foods in our home. Another way that you can use play foods is with a toy cash register. Toy cash registers are also nice as it sort of works to disguise learning. Your child may end up having so much fun that they don’t even realize that they are actually learning something new.

The play cash register that we have is pictured above. It was bough from Wal-Mart, I believe. It was one of the cheapest ones that they had. The numbers pad really works and the scanner beeps and lights up when you push the button. In addition to learning about the foods sold at a grocery store, using a play cash register can also help you teach your child about money, as well as practice counting.


Kendra said...

I can't tell you how much I agree with this posting! You could even go one step further. I saw a play ATM machine that acts as a piggy-bank. You deposite money and you can withdraw money. When you withdraw it gives you a receipt that tells you your remaining balance. Kids need to understand money at an early age. That way they won't ALWAYS be coming up to you asking you for more. They realize there is an end to the pile.

Jen said...

Wow, that is really neat. I will have to look into one of those little ATM machines. They sound very nice. Thanks for sharing!