Learning Resources’ Pretend & Play Cash Register is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary


Me as a toddler playing with a snowmobile toy in the spring/summer. I’ve always had a great imagination.

Growing up I LOVED playing with my toys. Sadly, I think a lot of this generation is missing out on all the fun you get from playing with toys. Even very young children have their own smartphones these days, and that makes me very sad.

I had a great imagination growing up. We lived on a dead end street and there were no kids on my road that were my age. I spent a lot of my youth playing by myself or with my cousins. Our play time was fueled by our imaginations. I grew up in a rural area, and much of my playtime happened in my backyard or in the woods behind my house. Of course, I grew up in a day and age where parents didn’t think too much about their kids being outside all day. I was outside from sun up to sun down when I wasn’t at school.

I like to think that I had a great imagination as a child (and even as an adult). Give me some cardboard boxes and fabric scraps and I could built a plethora of fun things to play with.

I once turned a bookcase into an apartment building for my Barbie dolls.

I loved toys that let me make believe and pretend to be a variety of things. There seemed like there were more toys for pretend play when my kids were little. There probably was for other generations, but I didn’t take note of it until I was a parent myself.

I used to make it a point of supplying both of my children with plenty of pretend play toys that encouraged their imaginations. One of my son’s most favorite toys was our pretend kitchen. He used it more than my daughter did, and it was originally purchased for her (she’s older than my son).

I couldn’t find a photo of the kitchen set, but I did find my son having a “picnic” with his stuffed animals. His barbecue is in the background. And yes, he likes cats. LOL!

When a child has a pretend kitchen, they naturally want to be able to “shop” for groceries to stock their kitchen. I used to help my kids create a “grocery store” where they could buy food. I even purchased them a shopping cart and a cash register.

The cash register I purchased for my kids (we’re going back about 17+ years) was the Learning Resources’ Pretend & Play Cash Register. I’m pretty much most people who have been around little children (0r who are in their early 20’s) have probably seen it. In fact, it’s the only one that comes to mind when I think about pretend cash registers.

Can you believe that the Learning Resources’ Pretend & Play Cash Register, will be celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary. Twenty five years – WOW!

This fun pretend play toy has been virtually unchanged toy, which is also very educational, has brought joy to kids for generations. Learning Resources introduced the first true toy cash register.

Since 1995, parents have relied on this Learning Resources toy to help their children learn the basics of financial literacy, all while making lasting memories of a child’s first play store. This is the same classic toy that has inspired countless accountants, entrepreneurs, business owners and more, and is primed to continue to do the same for the next 25+ years!

This isn’t a comeback, because the cash register never left, and retro isn’t it either, but the Pretend & Play Cash Register certainly is nostalgic for many; it’s tried and true, has a real purpose in any playroom, school and daycare setting.

I love that the brand never changed the look or function of this pretend toy. It looks just like it did when we owned it when my children were younger. In fact, when I showed it to them (I was sent one), they remembered it right away and instantly started to tap on the keys and swipe the card. Of course I dare not mention that to their friends or family members. My kids are 20 and almost 23 years old. I think they would be embarrassed to let people know that the child side of them made an appearance to play with this toy, even if it was briefly. I guess they are “too cool” to relieve a fond childhood memory.

Learning Resources’ Pretend & Play Cash Register is a working calculator, where children can learn how to add and subtract. There are also buttons for multiplying and dividing. Little ones just love to tap on the keys, but older children can use this toy as a way to learn simple math problems. Even my daughter commented on it being a calculator. She remembered that about it.

This cash register is how I taught both of my children the basic fundamentals of money. They learned about dollar bills (in different amounts) as well as quarters, nickles, dimes and pennies.

This toy even comes with a debit card so that your “shopper” and pay for their “purchases” the way mom and dad do. I think that gives them a sense of being a “grown up” because they can emulate what they see their parent doing in the store.

I wish I had a toy like this when I was a kid. I had fun playing with it with my children. I bet it would have been even more fun as a child.

The Pretend & Play Cash Register comes with batteries, plastic coins (pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters), paper money ($1, $5, $10 and $20’s), a debit/credit card and a small note pad. There are 73 pieces in all.

The Learning Resources’ Pretend & Play Cash Register can be found where many toys are sold, including online at places such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, Kohls, Barnes & Noble and of course, on the Learning Resources’ website, LearningResources.com. Be sure to check out the other fun and educational toys available from the brand.

Learning Resources can also be found on social media. Their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Did you have the Learning Resources’ Pretend & Play Cash Register as a child, or for your own child? Feel free to share any fond memories you might have. I always love to hear from readers.


*I received a free toy in exchange for my post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.