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.









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