The Count ‘n Play Register includes 9 thick, plastic coins, a plastic $10 bill, a plastic credit card, and the register. The register has a coin chute on top which drops coins into a trough on the register’s left side. A red lever on the right side opens the front drawer. A money display on the top left can be pushed down to show various combinations of the money. Three coin slots are on the front of the register, each colored to match the coin that fits into that slot. Swiping the credit card through the slot on top of the drawer drops the coins from their slots at the front of the register, down into the drawer below.
Coins and other pieces can be stored in the drawer until next use.
With multiple ways to play, children can extend a little control over how they engage with this toy. Dropping coins down the top chute and retrieving them from the coin trough can be switched up with dropping coins down their slots and using the credit card to open the drawer.
Opening the drawer makes a moderately quiet “ka-ching” sound, which is the only sound the toy makes. Using the credit card to drop the coins only makes noise due to the plastic coins hitting the inside of the drawer.
The money display can be used to help children match the correct coins to the images shown. Choosing not to use the display doesn’t take away from the entertainment of this toy, but it will make the toy purely entertaining, and in no way “educational.”
Much of the feedback on this toy was positive. Many reviewers reported children being entertained for an hour or more, and frequently seeking out this toy when arriving home. However, there were a few issues that were reported.
Coins being dropped in the chute sometimes get stuck on their way to the trough. This typically happens when multiple coins are dropped down the chute in quick succession, causing the coins to pile on each other. Once this happens, an adult will most likely have to step in and try to either push the coins using another object (maybe a screwdriver), or try to shake the register to loosen up the coins. This can cause frustration for both child and adult.
Additionally, several users reported the credit card needing more force than their small child had. The card must be pushed through the credit card slot on top of the register to release the coins into the drawer. This may only be a problem for very small children, or children who do not yet have developed some amount of hand-eye coordination.
- Wipe down with a damp cloth
- Wash in warm water with a mild soap
- Do not put in sanitizer or dishwasher. This could melt the plastic
For more in-depth information on how to clean this type of toy, please see our blog, The Cleaning Guide for Toys.
Parts and Pieces
We have not found a place to buy replacement parts for this toy. If you know of a place where replacement parts can be purchased, please send us a link.
The smaller coins could be a choking hazard for children who still put objects into their mouth. Supervision should be used with children who still have this habit.
If the coins or credit card are lost, this toy may no longer be usable. As several users reported, the coins are fun to hide around the house. The credit card is required to release the coins into the drawer, so losing it could render this toy inoperable.