Metal Detecting with Your Kids: Guest Post by Jami Olive:
These days, it’s all about screens with kids. They watch television, play video games, and are constantly looking down at their smartphones. It is often a struggle to even get them to go outside and play. However, if you offer them a chance to search for treasure, you might be surprised at their willingness. Metal detecting with your kids can be a great family activity that offers everyone many benefits.
Simply getting your kids outside is a huge benefit. Metal detecting is a fun outdoor activity that provides detectorist’s with some exercise and sunshine – a benefit to detectorist’s of all ages. It’s also an opportunity for you to spend some quality time with your children. You can enjoy nature together, talk about metal detecting as well as other things, and it’s a hobby that can become a common interest for you and your kids, and that’s often an elusive thing.
Finding a Detector for Your Child
If you have younger children, your detector may be too much for them to handle, so you will want to consider getting them one of their own. With kids’ metal detectors, there are some considerations to keep in mind before you make a purchase. First, there are many detectors available that aren’t much more than a toy. However, there are also some excellent quality machines out there as well. A quality metal detector will make your outings much more fruitful, and that’s what your kids will be anticipating.
Another thing to consider is what features the metal detector has. It’s a good idea to look for a detector that has an adjustable pole, so that it can grow along with your child. Additionally, looking for a lightweight design and a limited number of manual controls will make the metal detector you select a good choice for your rookie detectorist.
Doing some research before you buy is always a good idea. You can easily browse the internet for the features and options you want for your child’s detector.
Where to Take Your Kids to Metal Detect
There are a lot of fun places that you can take your kids to metal detect. Depending on the ages of your children, there are some thinks to think about. One consideration, pertaining to younger children whose attentions spans may not be great, is whether the location you are considering has other things to do. It’s probably a good idea to start with places like parks or beaches where you can detect for a while and then play or picnic. That way your kids will stay engaged and you will avoid becoming irritated when their attention on detecting wanes.
If your kids are older, then deciding where you will hunt can be a collaboration. It’s good to teach older children about the research that detectorist’s put into their hobby before they ever start swinging their detector.
Whatever your children’s ages, it’s always important to teach them about getting permission to hunt. Letting them see you obtain permission to detect is a lesson that will serve them well should they become avid detectorist’s too.
Jami Olive is a writer, mother and metal detecting hobbyist. She is a regular contributor to the Kellyco Metal Detector Blog
I would like to say thank-you to Jami Olive for her interesting and informative posts, and to Kellyco for donating a Gator Digger to this blog as a giveaway for my readers. And Since Jami is a regular contributor to the Kellyco Metal detector blog, I decided to tie the digger giveaway in to coincide with this guest post. Brilliant idea, I know.
So if you would like to win the Kellyco Gator Digger, the rules to enter are easy:
Be a resident of the United States over 18 years of age, and simply fill out the form below, being sure to put the word “Kellyco” in the comment section, and use a valid email address, as the winner will be contacted by email for their mailing address. A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, January 5th, 2018 @ 8:00pm (Eastern).
Good Luck & Happy Hunting!