This activity is fun to make and encourages imaginative play whilst building numeracy and monetary skills!


Once complete, this activity can be used over and over again!


You will need:

  • A Cardboard Box
  • Micador Dry Safe Markers
  • Micador jR. Safe Scissors
  • early stART Glue Stick
  • Washi Tape



Step 1: Colour your numbers

Secure the sides of the box with washi tape. Cut 9 small squares of paper to be used as the number keys on your cash register. Colour and label from 0 to 9 with marker pens.

Step 2: Create screens

Cut small rectangles and label with dollar and cents values. These will be used as changeable screens for your cash register.

Step 3: Get gluing

Glue your number keys to the register. NOTE: Do not glue the screens to your cash register, you will need to be able to swap these around during play.

Step 4: Swipe then play!

Very carefully cut a slit beside your number keys. This will form your credit card swipe section. Label the cut with 'Swipe Here'. You're ready to play. Use toys and play food to open your imaginary store!
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