Children’s Metal Detectors

Electronic Metal Detectors are Great Gifts for Children and Adults

Metal detectors are great gifts for children and adults. Even a low-cost unit can encourage children to turn off the TV, leave the couch and get outside in the fresh air…well, okay, if they’re normal kids they will leave the TV on–but they will still go outside to play.


As a hobby, treasure hunting can be relatively inexpensive. You need to buy a detector, a couple of digging tools, and some small bags to carry home things found while searching. There are usually no membership fees unless you join a club, or really any other costs involved except perhaps batteries.


Where most people get stuck is when it comes to picking out the metal detector itself. There are so many choices that it can be difficult to decide which unit to buy. One thing to keep in mind is that children will be using the device. That means the unit needs to be solid enough to handle getting banged around without breaking and cheap enough to easily replace if it gets busted.


If a children’s metal detector is in the budget, consider how many children will be expected to use the same metal detector. Some families expect to buy one unit and share it among several children. This will work as long as only one or two of the kids decide they like treasure hunting. If several children all want to use the unit, it may be better to buy lower-cost units and purchase more than one.


Also, remember that the more expensive metal detectors may be more than the kids really need or can understand. Many children are happy digging up pull tabs from the back yard and you don’t need a very expensive unit for that. In electronics, cost is often a sign of a more sophisticated product and treasure hunting is no exception to this rule. High-end machines from Whites, Tesoro, and Garrett will usually offer features and sensitivity that most lower-cost detectors don’t have.


But, for children is that necessary? Maybe and maybe not– if the child is serious about the hobby, it may be reasonable to spend a bit more money on a more powerful and feature filled device. Many parents will buy their children good-quality guitars or computers for gifts because they expect the children will use them and there is no reason not to follow this pattern with children’s metal detectors.


What if this is a first unit and the child has never treasure hunted before? Then the decision is up to the parent how much money to spend. Remember that a poorly functioning unit will be miserable to operate and may cause the kid to lose all interest in using it (and thereby being outside in the air and not on the couch). That said, it isn’t necessary to spend an inordinate amount of money on the project. There are several reasonable detectors available for right around $100 and even a couple of passable ones that are about one-half of that.


So, don’t panic if a junior adventurer asks for a children’s metal detector, the cost doesn’t have to be astronomical. And remember that beyond the detector there really aren’t that many costs involved.




Children’s Metal Detectors: Four Golden Rules

A children’s metal detector is a nice gift and a good learning tool for kids. There are a few rules are generally held in the metal detecting community and that all within the community try to adhere to.


1st, it’s important to refill any holes that you might dig while looking for treasure. Often, we find bottle caps, pull tabs, or pieces of aluminum foil and in their hurry children might simply dig these objects up and leave without refilling the holes. That can leave a lawn or other area looking like it has been struck by a pack of giant ground squirrels. In the treasure hunting community, refilling holes is considered common courtesy as it prevents anyone else tripping and allows the next adventurer to find a flat area that appears to be unsearched. When properly done, the fill holes should be almost indistinguishable from the surrounding area so it is very important to carefully cutaway sod so that it can be returned intact.


Practicing care when digging can also help in preserving the things that are found, a carelessly dug hole can easily result in scratches to soft metal surfaces, or damage to rings, jewelry, or other objects that may be buried. It is a good idea to teach children to be very cautious when digging so they don’t accidentally reduce the value of anything they might find by damaging it.


2nd, it is the general practice of most treasure hunters to carry off anything that they find. This means bits of tinfoil, bottle caps, pull tabs, or other items that might be considered worthless junk. This helps to keep the area where your search junk free in the future, and it also makes more sense than digging out junk and leaving it way around on top of the ground. Many treasure hunters carry several different bags that they can use in the field for sorting different types of things they’ve found. One bag might be for tinfoil, bottle caps, and other worthless items; another bag might be for coins jewelry and rings; and still a final bag might be for relics and other items considered too good to throw away.


3rd, always know who owns the land where you are searching, and always ask permission whenever possible. This is important for both children and adults to learn since it keeps the general public happy with the metal detector community as a whole.


4th, most treasure hunters will make some effort to return items that are engraved. From time to time you will see these stories appear in newspapers about someone who lost a school ring several decades ago and had it returned to them by the treasure hunter who found it. While this is not a hard and fast rule throughout the entire community, it is one that many enthusiasts adhere to because it builds goodwill.


Children can easily learn to operate most metal detectors, and can have hours of fun searching for even the smallest of treasures. The important thing is to understand common courtesy, and you try to behave in a way that furthers the sport rather than causes the general public to consider treasure hunters as individuals to be avoided.


A Kid’s Metal Detector Can Be a Great Gift

A kid’s metal detector can be a great gift that can help blind parents to their children and can help children reach out and connect to a larger community. Many people believe that metal detecting is a solitary activity engaged in by gray-haired old people who walk up and down the beach with a beeping metal box. While many older people do enjoy the hobby, it is commonly practiced by people of all ages, and kids can take advantage of this too.


Beyond simply being able to bind closer to their parents and mentors, children can bind closer to each other by planning outdoor activities involving their metal detectors. If you are fortunate enough to live in a rural area there are often multiple locations where children can use their metal detectors safely and responsibly. This social interaction among peers may take the form of siblings, or even friends who have also have metal detectors and are interested in hobby.


In some communities metal detector clubs exist that are filled with enthusiasts. If you check with your local club, they may have an auxiliary youth group that would allow children to interact among themselves and engage in club sponsored activities. This is a good way for children to learn to work together in a group, gain further information about using their detectors, and come to have an appreciation for the community at large.


A kid’s metal detector can offer a lot of fun for both parents and children, and especially if the entire family enjoys treasure hunting. Many families purchased detectors for multiple family members and then plan excursions to locations where all members can use their machines. This type of activity can be very beneficial in helping to establish strong bonds between parents and children.


While some people may say that the hobby of metal detecting is the reward in itself, children love treasure. Frankly, that treasure doesn’t have to be very valuable, either, to satisfy most kids. Some children are happy simply digging and pull tabs. Most will be happy if they find a few pennies or quarters, and that is highly probable in many locations. Just a few finds amounting to only pennies may be enough to set a young adventurer on the course of a pleasant and peaceful hobby that will last a lifetime.


A kid’s metal detector does not need to be expensive to be fun, and often some of the less expensive models are more than satisfactory for kids to start out with. There are some very, very inexpensive models that can be had for only a few dollars and one of these may be enough to establish whether the child will have any interest in the hobby. On the other hand a child that is interested will soon outgrow these ultralow cost detectors. For that reason it may be better to spend a little bit more and buy something that is likely to have enough capacity to keep the child happy for a while. There are a number of different models available for around $100 that should keep a young teen occupied. Younger children may be satisfied with a metal detector of about half that price, and older children may need something a little more involved which generally means a little more costly.

Childrens Metal Detector Etiquette

Children need to be taught to always ask permission before treasure hunting on someone else’s land. This is a behavior that will need to be repeated many times over the child’s lifetime. Even adult treasure hunters need to ask permission before operating on private, and sometimes even public, lands. Older children can be taught to search county records for landownership and although younger children may need an adult to do this and to negotiate for them, they should always be present when the negotiations are made so that they can understand what is involved and develop a respectful attitude toward land ownership.


Some landowners may ask for payment for allowing the use of their lands by treasure hunters. Most of the time this takes the shape of a share of any items found. This is a common practice and children should expect that they may be required to share in order to hunt in a particular location.  This is a good point for adult supervision so that the child can learn a bit about the world of property rights and negotiation.


While searching, children using metal detectors need to remember to fill any hole dug while searching for treasure. This means that they need to learn to dig neat holes that will be easily filled. One thing that most landowners hate is allowing a treasure hunter access only to be left with a bunch of small holes surrounded by piles of dirt. In fact, many landowners, after facing such a situation, are reluctant to allow treasure hunters access in the future. So, if kids or adults expect to be able to continue searching on private lands they need to have respect for the lands they are searching on and leave them in the same condition in which they were found.


The other half of filling your holes is deciding what to do with some of the things you find. Treasure hunters often dig up small bits of foil, old bottle caps, and other types of junk. Proper etiquette is to always take even these types of finds with you. For most landowners, finding a yard strewn with small bits of metal junk is almost as bad as finding it filled with open holes. Some people report carrying 2 treasure bags so that one can be used just for junk and can be dumped in the nearest trash receptacle. Others simply carry 1 bag and sort the items to be kept from those to be thrown away after they arrive home. This latter method offers the advantage of allowing adequate time for inspection of all items before disposal to avoid the possibility of throwing away something important.


Metal detectors can locate many nice items and occasionally these may take the shape of rings, watches, or other pieces of jewelry that may have an engraving. When such an engraving exists, it is often possible to trace the original owner of the item. Stories of this even occurring appear in newspapers across the country every few years. Children should be encouraged to try to discover who the original owner was and return items when possible. This is a common practice among many treasure hunters and it creates goodwill among the treasure hunting community and the general population.


A children’s metal detector is a great gift and kids and learn a lot about history and how the world works with just a little bit adult supervision.

Find more treasure with a kids metal detector

Children sometimes use their metal detectors only in the backyard or at the beach and seem at a loss for ideas on other places they can search. A little ingenuity can turn up a large number of locations that others may miss. For instance, any place where people have changed clothes or lounged might be an excellent location to find lost items. That includes not only beaches, but also pools, swimming holes, farm ponds and river banks. But, don’t forget to add boat launch ramps and other access sites to water. All of these are viable search locations as are any gravel parking lots that might serve these areas.


Other great places include campsites, picnic grounds, playgrounds, and around public benches. These are places where people have gathered and bent or stretched creating the possibility that items may have fallen from their pockets; still more opportunity exists around old railroad sidings, bridges, public gazebos, bleachers and fairgrounds.


Now that you have an idea where children can use their metal detectors, here are two tips to help the kids properly use their new machines.


First, when starting out, kids should dig every time the detector signals the presence of metal. This means that the detector should be in non-discrimination mode and should be set to report all metals. The reason for starting out this way is simple. Modern detectors are designed to discriminate between metals and to provide an audible tone as a clue to the operator about what type of metal is present. Every brand of locator will offer a different set of tones and so in order to really learn how to work the machine every operator needs to go through a period of “ear” training. After a short period practice, the operator will not only be better able to work the locator, but also be much better able to understand what the detector is trying to say. Many experienced treasure hunters will run their detectors in “all-metal” mode at least part of the time. The fun of treasure hunting is in finding things and all-metal mode gives much better odds of doing so.


Second, when working in areas where the ground is hard, consider going out after a rain. Wet ground is much easier to dig in and many claim that their locators work better when the soil is wet.  Obviously, it isn’t wise, or necessary, to go out during rainstorms but it may be beneficial to wait until after the rain is over. This can be especially helpful when working around walking paths, gravel or dirt parking lots, or other areas where repeated foot or vehicle traffic may have resulted in very hard soil.


A children’s metal detector is a great gift offering the chance for a lot of fun and adventure. Just remember to carefully fill in any dug holes to prevent anyone else from tripping over them, and also remember to carry out any trash dug up. It is common when working with a locator to find old bottle caps and gum wrappers. When you dig these up please, please carry them away with you so that the ground will stay clean and neat.









Four tips to start out right with a children’s metal detector

A child’s metal detector requires a period of learning. While it is easy to turn a metal detector on and learn to make adjustments, there is a bit of a trick to recognizing the tones that the machine gives off and understanding what those sounds mean. Most units produce a different sound for each metal that is passed underneath the search coil. A piece of aluminum foil will produce a tone that is very different than a silver coin. This audible tone isn’t additional aid when treasure hunting, but it does take time to learn the different tones. For that reason it’s advisable that children starting off with a metal detector be taught to dig up everything that their unit gives a signal on. In this way, they can learn to distinguish the different tones that the machine gives off for different metals. Eventually they may want to lock out certain metals so that the unit will not give a signal when the search coil is passed over them; however, to begin with it is considered best to simply dig for everything that the unit finds.


Kids also need to learn how to use their digging tools properly. This is not like digging in the sandbox, many of the places that treasure hunters frequent may have rules about digging holes. Children need to learn to carefully remove sod and replace it well enough to leave no visible marks. A group of holes carelessly left open, or poorly replaced sod can mean the next time the child may not be allowed to search in that location. Different digging tools also have different uses, some work very well in sod and others work better in sand. Some tools are designed primarily to cut sod and some tools are designed primarily to scooped dirt. It is important that children learn which tool to use on which occasion in order to make filling the holes easier, cleaner, and neater.


Good manners are very important, especially when engaging in a sport where multiple other people may be harmed by the child’s thoughtlessness. All of us need to remember to ask permission before we go on someone else’s property, or on public property, searching for treasures. Often it takes several visits to a location in order to properly scan all areas, and an expedition that is cut short by an angry landowner may not have enough time to adequately cover all areas of the site.


Finally, the hobby is often about history and who better to discuss local history thAn longtime local residents. With proper supervision children should be encouraged to speak with longtime residents and inquire about local history. A store that closed and was torn down 30 years ago may seem like old news to some people, but to detectorist it could be a massive opportunity for coin shooting. Through these discussions, children can learn about local history and develop an appreciation for older people and the knowledge that they have. This is an opportunity for kids to gain not only in knowledge but in social understanding of the people and the world around them.


A child’s metal detector is a great gift, and treasure hunting is a great sport, but like all sports there are some preparations and considerations that we need to make in order to enjoy a safe and happy hobby

Features to look for in a kids metal detector

Considering a kids metal detector as a gift? Whether for holidays, birthdays, or other special events, an inexpensive metal detector can make a great children’s gift. But, with so many different models and brands available, which is the best unit to buy? What elements go into making a great children’s toy?


Much like choosing a unit for an adult, selecting a treasure locator for a child is a matter of considering the cost, the use, and the physical size required. In many families cost is the major factor, and if so there are inexpensive units that can be purchased for around $20 or so. These work well for younger children and for novices who simply want something cheap that they can start with to see if they are going to enjoy the hobby. Sometimes this is all that is necessary since the child may not be interested in treasure hunting once the ‘newness’ of the idea wears off.


In those cases, beginning with an inexpensive toy-level unit makes economic sense. However, if someone else in the house will also be using the unit, such as the parents, it may be better to go with a little bit more expensive metal detector as an initial entry point. This is simply because the very low-end metal detectors are somewhat disappointing in their performance and may also be of somewhat shorter physical length than units that are definitely designed for adults.


The length and weight of the unit are quite important when selecting a child’s metal detector. Most manufacturers produce products with an adjustable shaft length so that you can lengthen or shorten the overall length of the metal detector from coil to carry handle. Even so, the shortest setting may be too long for smaller children. So be cautious when selecting a unit to check the overall length to learn how much adjustment is available on the shaft. Some cheaper units may only just a few inches if that, while more expensive units may adjust almost a foot.


For the most part weight is not an issue unless the child is very, very young and in that instance the child may be too young to participate in the hobby anyway. Metal detector weight can vary between a few ounces and a few pounds. Typically, less expensive metal detectors way less than more expensive ones because they have fewer components, and the parts that they do have are usually thinner and lighter weight.


One feature that may or may not be at issue is the quality of the metal detector. If the intent is to simply purchase an inexpensive toy for the child to play in the backyard with almost any unit will do. If the child is a little bit older and a bit more advanced, or has experience in the hobby, a more expensive unit will certainly please. There are many name brand metal detector companies that produce high quality metal detectors available in shops and catalogs across the country and around the world. These companies include Whites, Tesoro, Garrett, Mine Lab, Bounty Hunter and a number of others. Many of these companies have been around for decades and also produce electronic equipment used in mining, police, and security work as well as industrial applications. For a better quality metal detector, it is generally better to stay with a well-known brand and avoid the advertisements you see for “new” metal detector companies that appear to provide amazing machines at fantastically low prices. A good quality metal detector is something that should last for many years if treated properly and it is not uncommon to run across units that are too decades-old and are still used occasionally.


Quality is especially important thing when dealing with treasure locators because in many different varieties of consumer electronics for saying “you get what you pay for” is very true, and this often is the case in treasure hunting. More expensive models will offer a number of different features that inexpensive models will not. More expensive models will, as a general rule, be more sensitive and less likely to produce false readings and inexpensive models. And, more expensive models can often be repaired should they break.


When selecting a children’s metal detector ease-of-use is a major point. Often, increasing complexity goes hand-in-hand with increasing difficulty in operation. As units become more complex they become more difficult to figure out which buttons to press and switches to flip. In many cases metal detector manufacturers have attempted to solve this problem by including more and more touch panels and computerized operation in their more expensive models. Low-end models will be very simple but maybe one or 2 knobs to adjust, high-end models will do much more, be much more sensitive, and may be operated and controlled by a touchpad that ultimately ends up being easier to use then knobs on the low end machine are.


Also, as for any children’s toy, it is important to consider the type and number of batteries that the unit requires. Some manufacturers build detectors that require 6 or 8 AA batteries, and others build units that require one nine-volt battery. Obviously, a box that runs on one battery might be cheaper to operate in the long run than one that runs on multiple batteries. So, this becomes an important consideration since the ongoing cost of operation is often part of the gift.


A kids metal detector is a great gift and will provide many hours of fun and education for both child and parent. The hobby is easy and popular among both young and old, and can be a good way to get kids off the couch and outside into the sun.

Children’s Metal Detectors on the beach

Perhaps one of the most popular places for metal detecting is at the beach. This is the 1st location that comes to mind for many hobbyists, and many people use it as their main hunting location. The beach is a good location when treasure hunting with children, because if the kids get tired of searching for coins they can always play in the water. There is usually a large amount of lost material at the beach, much of which may look like no more than scrap to adults but may appear as a marvelous treasure to children.


Beaches also usually have a number of people with metal detectors on them every day. This does not mean that there are no items left to find. The great thing about metal detecting as a hobby, is that there is always something else that no one has found.


When searching for a metal detector is wise to look for one that has a waterproof search coil if for no other reason than it gives you the ability to search right to the water’s edge, or even into very shallow water. Of course, a waterproof search coil is not the same as a completely waterproof metal detector. Many metal detectors come with waterproof search coils, but truly waterproof metal detectors can be used fully submerged and are often purchased by scuba divers when searching wreck sites. A simple waterproof search coil, however, will suffice for most individuals who simply want to search right along the water’s edge or in a few inches of water.


There are 2 main types of beaches: those on the ocean, and those on lakes. Ocean beaches have high and low tides, and those individuals who are unfamiliar with searching on ocean Beach need to spend a little time learning when the tides are high and low in the area they intend to search. A low tide can expose much more area where items may have been lost. Beaches on lakes do not offer this high-low water line and so searching there is much more straightforward since the water level will vary little from day to night.


With droughts in many areas it is not uncommon for water levels to drop in some inland lakes. This also can provide a large area that can be worked with metal detectors.  Many times we think there are no opportunities for treasure hunting, when in fact many opportunities exist almost everywhere.


When working beaches and waterfront areas, it is important to pay attention to where people move from and to. Is there a path that people generally take from the beach to restrooms, a concession stand, where the parking lot. These types of paths often provide excellent places for treasure hunting, since these are the places where people are, and it is people that lose the very small treasures that we often seek.


Beaches are a great place for treasure hunting and even if it appears that the beach has many people with metal detectors working on it, there will still be opportunities for the average individual to find coins, jewelry, and other small items.



There are many places where everyone can go metal detecting

Many people are interested in metal detecting, but think that the opportunities for treasure hunting might be limited in their areas. These people sometimes believe that treasure hunting is something that can only be done at fabulous sites in Europe, South America, or Australia. The fact is that there are many opportunities for treasure hunting right in the average backyard.


If your home is more than just a few years old, the odds are there at least some coins have been lost in the yard. Many times the yards of older homes may harbor small tools, old coins, old toys, or other old items that have been lost were cast off. The biggest thing to be aware of when searching in your own backyard, is the location of any underground phone or power lines that might please you in peril should you dig into them. It is also a good idea to consider shrubs and bushes and any damage that might be done to eat around them. For the most part, that still leaves many areas of the backyard that would be good search grounds.


Another rule, is to not be afraid to search in places where others have already searched. Just because someone walked ahead of you carrying a very expensive metal detector, does not mean that you cannot go through with a very inexpensive unit and still find small treasures that the first hunter missed. That is the beauty of the sport of metal detecting; there is always room for one more. Just because an area appears to be worked hard by others does not mean all of the treasures of been found.


Whether searching in the backyard or out in a field somewhere, a good imagination can be a great benefit. Try to look at the area and imagine what it looked like years ago. Watch for old roadways, or old foundations or indications that there may have been buildings on the site at sometime in the past. These can indicate that there may be small treasures lost nearby.


Sometimes it pays to consider how people would move from one point to another. There may be a modern path that is cemented in line to shady trees, but there may also be a more direct path that people used years ago and that is no longer marked or readily visible. A bit of detective work to help uncover where this path may have been based upon where people would be going from and to. Treasures are lost by people; it stands to reason therefore that where people move treasures will be found.


I always enjoy seeing a sidewalk in a small town being renovated, because often after the workers leave at night you will see local citizens out with metal detectors searching the area where the sidewalks were. This is because the sidewalks were installed before metal detectors became popular and therefore any coins or small items lost may have been covered over by cement for decades.


The point is that there are always places and opportunities to practice the hobby of metal detecting. Finding such places merely take some patience and some trial and error.


Children love metal detectors

When parents are looking for hobbies that they can share with their children, metal detecting sometimes comes to mind. Time spent searching for coins on the beach, or for relics at old homesites, or even just poking around in the yard can provide valuable bonding between parents and child. Metal detecting is an easy hobby to learn, and it is one the child can master even without a lot of adult supervision.


Children love the feeling of being on a treasure hunt. The idea that they might find a buried treasure, (even if that treasure is nothing more than a few pennies,) will often motivate children to spend many hours outside either searching at the beach, or even in the backyard. If the idea is to encourage children to spend more time outside, then metal detecting is a natural option. Even if children do nothing more than spend all of their afternoon walking around the backyard searching for lost coins were bits of old toys, they will have much more time and exposure to the outdoors than they would on the couch playing video games.


There are a number of different types of treasure hunting that can be done with metal detectors. Some areas include relic hunting, meteor scouting, coin shooting, and even searching for deposits of precious orders such as gold and silver. For the most part the easiest of these for children to participate in is probably relic hunting and coin shooting. For those fortunate enough to own or live in an older home, children may be able to relic hunt right in the backyard. It is not uncommon in the yards of hundred year old homes to find old metal toys, numbers of coins, and other small lost were cast off items. Coin shooting can be done on the beach, in a park, on school ground, or any place that people have gathered or passed by. This provides many places where children can safely go to use their metal detectors and enjoy some outdoor time.


Kids can gain in other ways besides just outdoor time. A big part of the fun of treasure hunting is researching places to hunt. Even children can learn to do this, scanning old maps, or reading old books looking for references to places and towns that may no longer exist. These are often excellent places for relic hunting, and even for coin shooting. This kind of research can give kids a good education in local history, and can help them come to appreciate the people and places that existed years ago.


Metal detecting offers a number of benefits for children, and he can offer quality time for parents and children to spend together. The excitement that children feel on a treasure hunt can easily spread to those around them, helping the adults to feel the wonder and excitement that they felt when they too were children.