I got a very sweet note from a guy named Daniel asking if he could write a piece for us about metal detecting. “As you can probably tell from my email address, I do help run metaldetector.com, and the piece does include a link back to my site. But not to a product page or anything like that. I just like sharing relevant content that helps get others interested in my hobby,” he wrote. So I said I’d take a look. Having spent my whole childhood looking for 4-leaf clovers, and dedicated my tttdfbrsei
book to the teacher who took her junior high students (including me) on two week-long archaeological digs, I find the whole idea of treasure hunting very appealing. And this guy, too!
The Benefits of Metal Detecting with Kids, by Daniel Bernzweig
Note: Daniel and his brother Michael are second generation owners of MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA, and they’ve been metal detecting with their parents since they were kids themselves. Daniel has written on the subject of treasure hunting and metal detecting since the mid 1980s. He says he “enjoys traveling with his metal detector and helping to educate others in the correct use of metal detectors in their explorations.”
Metal detecting with children has a lot of benefits for them, as well as
for you! First, metal detecting gets you up, outside, and moving around.
Plus, it’s full of surprises, and, they get to dig in the dirt to find
treasure; something any child will enjoy!
Not only that though, when you head out metal detecting with kids, it’s
quality time where you can enjoy nature and just talk both about metal
detecting and anything else that might come up. Metal detecting can
easily become a common interest that spans generations too; a priceless
quality not found in every hobby.
How to Find the Best Metal Detector for a Child
Before you ever head out metal detecting you’ll need to select your
machine. As you might imagine, there are definitely some special
considerations you’ll need to keep in mind when you’re planning to use the
metal detector with a child. Most importantly, be sure to get a quality
kids metal detector. There are many metal detectors for kids that aren’t
much more than a toy. With a quality children’s metal detector though you
and the children in your life will have a great time with this fun and
exciting hobby. Specific features to look for on a kid’s metal detector
include an adjustable pole, a lightweight design, and few, if any manual
controls. Be sure to take your time and do your research when selecting
the best kids metal detector for your child.
Where to Go Metal Detecting with Kids
Depending on the child(ren) you’re metal detecting with and the situation
at hand, you may already have some specifics about where you’ll go
searching for treasures. That said, there are some things to think about
when metal detecting with kids. One thing to consider is whether or not
there are other activities available at the location in addition to metal
detecting. Often it’s best to head to a spot, like the beach, lake, or
park where there’s something else the kids can enjoy too. This way you
can all have fun metal detecting, swimming, picnicking, playing, etc. The
reason I suggest this is that if the site you select isn’t treasure heavy,
which, let’s face it, does happen, the kids can take a break and do
something else (as opposed to getting bored!), then come back to metal
detecting. Plus, beaches and other types of public recreation areas are
usually great areas to find treasures like coins, jewelry and other types
of valuables that may have been left behind by visitors anyway; so they
really make excellent places to take kids metal detecting.
If you have an older child, another option is to do some research together
about your area to find other good places to go as well. For example,
search out information on the old school houses, farms, former home sites
and that type of thing. Then, as long as you have permission, you can go
head out with your metal detectors and find treasures like older antiques,
coins, and relics.
As you can see, metal detecting and kids really do go hand in hand! So go
ahead, get started and take the kid(s) in your life out metal detecting!
You’re all sure to enjoy this exciting outdoor activity together.
That sounds good to me. And if you find something really cool, send a photo. – L.