As a mom of four, my house is full of all types of toys: educational, electronic, wooden, and on and on. My favorite kind of toys for my boys are ones that spark their imagination and creativity. Ones that that fosters hours of pretend play with each other. It is easy to get wrapped up in battery operated or electronic toys with all of their cool bells and whistles. And I have nothing against those kinds of toys, we have those too. But I do think it is important to balance it out with "unplugged" toys.
Pure Play Kids is a Connecticut based, online toy store that offers a large selection of creative playthings including wooden toys and cloth dolls. The majority of their toys are made here in the United States while the rest are made in Europe.
"Kid-powered is the term we use to describe our products. Let kids provide the motion, sounds, storyline and characters that drive the toys – not vice-versa – and witness a flourishing of imagination, confidence and skills. Always remember as your shop for toys here and elsewhere: a great toy should be 90% kid and 10% toy."
When I learned that Pure Play Kids was founded by Tania & Mike Grant living right here in Connecticut, I was thrilled. I often feel alone in my green quest here in the Nutmeg State so seeing other CT parents who feel the same as me was exciting. In addition to selling fun creative toys made by other manufacturers, they also have a line of their own original toys. Pure Play Kids sent me the Wooden Cash Register from their original line for my boys to play with and try out.
This Wooden Cash Register is made completely of wood and comes with 6 wooden coins and a wooden charge card in a fabric pouch. There are slots on the top to place each coin in and your child can practice matching the numbers and sizes of the coins to the correct slot. There is an abacus on top for them to use for counting and a charge card swiper.
The cash register also opens up so you can store all of your money inside.
If you want to add some more fun with paper money, Pure Play Kids offers a free download from the Pure Play Kids blog with $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills. This is such a great way to introduce the concept of money to your children.
When the cash register first arrived in our home my boys literally fought over who got to play with it. So we initially had to set up intervals and taking turns that first night. The next day we brought it into the playroom and set it up on a table so they could play store with it.
Watching and listening to them play with this was a lot of fun for me. At one point, the 6 year old walked up to one of the 4 year olds and said "I want to buy this Thor mask because it is my kids favorite." So funny! They went back and forth taking turns of who was shopping and who was the clerk. I even broke out some reusable shopping bags after a while so they had something to tote their purchases around it.
After nearly a month of playing with it I can say that my boys love this cash register and are still playing with it a lot. For me I am really happy with the sturdy quality and I love how creative they can get with it. I know we will enjoy many years of fun with it!
Pure Play Kids offers $5.95 flat rate shipping within the continental USA. With holiday shopping just round the corner, this is a site you want to add to your list!
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Please note that the opinions and views expressed in this review are my own and based on my personal experience with the product and/or company. You may encounter a different experience with this than I did. Pure Play Kds provided me with a free product to review