Coin shooting – using electronic metal detectors for kids

Treasure hunting has been both a pastime and a passion for man since the first man lost something. In recent years, it has been aided in great part by the invention of the electronic metal detector, a development which hugely increases the chances of finding both small and large treasures easily and quickly.

Children especially, seem to enjoy the thrill of finding small coins and often dream of the possibility of finding even larger hordes and stashes. For kids, a small and reasonably inexpensive metal detector can provide hours of enjoyment. A kids metal detector does not have to be expensive and probably shouldn’t be, especially if it is a first unit. There are several manufacturers that produce suitable locators for less than $100, usually much less.

Where to hunt is the next problem that most new treasure hunters ask. There are a few places that children can hunt that immediately come to mind. The backyard is a good place to start, and many children have found a few small coins or perhaps some odd bits of lost jewelry. If the house is an older one, the finds can sometimes be quite surprising since the coins and other objects will usually be much older. Often, neighbors or relatives may allow some treasure hunting on their properties too. Children should be directed to look around foundations, trees and pathways as these are often locations where valuables are lost. When searching around yards, be sure to teach children about underground phone lines, power lines and water pipes as these can sometimes be damaged by eager young hands with potentially dangerous results.

Another place to take children is the local park. Point out high traffic areas and places where people may often sit down like picnic tables and benches, or around the bases of large trees. When digging in public places you are required to fill in any holes you dig. It is a good idea to teach children early that they should carefully remove sod so that it can be replaced after the treasure is removed. When leaving a site, the ground should look the same as it did when you arrived, and not appear as if a handful of ground squirrels went berserk.

Beaches are also popular locations to search, but you often have to arrive early in the morning before bathers begin to fill up the space. When searching in areas like this, remember to look around any sidewalks or boardwalks, pathways or parking areas as these are often overlooked by other treasure hunters.

Again, teach your children to treat hunting in these areas as a privilege and take appropriate action to ensure they will be welcome there in the future. Show them how to remove sod carefully and replace it correctly so that the search location is invisible to the next person who comes along. Unfilled holes left on beaches, in public parks and other locations can be dangerous if someone trips on one, and it is more likely to get the area closed to people with metal detectors. Everyone needs to consider this whenever digging on public or private land that you do not directly own.

With a little guidance, kids can have a great amount of fun with an electronic metal detector, and it does not have to cost an arm-and-a-leg.

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