What do you get a nine year old for his birthday? Toys have become babyish. Gaming systems and tablets are too consuming and addicting. In our home, we encourage hobbies that involve the outdoors or that are lucrative. We don't do allowances in our home. It might work well as a motivator in some families but we have chosen to allow our children to find opportunities outside of their chores to make money. I have noticed that my oldest is very careful how he spends his money. I am convinced that it is because a majority of the money he has in his wallet is his own hard earned cash.
One of the ways that he adds cash to his pockets is by scrapping metal. He used to help his dad and get paid a portion of the profit. Now, he will tear apart old televisions on his own and get the money for the metal, himself. Needless to say, when he received a Tesoro Metal Detector for his birthday the first thing out of his mouth was, "am I dreaming?!" He was beyond excited. He kept telling us that this was the best birthday gift, ever! He dreams of finding jars of gold hidden by a tree or old coins worth a fortune.
My husband was skeptical about the Tesoro Metal Detector. He wasn't convinced that it was going to do anything but find us pull tabs and nails since this metal detector is fairly inexpensive. Fortunately, he was proven wrong! After the first couple of times taking our son out in the backyard, he was pleasantly surprised at how deep it could pick up a signal. We still have plenty of ground to cover on our own property but we look forward to taking it to local lakes, the ocean and other sites nearby.
He and our boys were outside for over an hour the first time they used it and enjoyed every minute of it. Pictured below are some of the finds from the first two hunts with the Tesoro Metal Detector.
In addition to large chunks of random metal and a stake for tying out goats that we've been missing for a while, my son found some tweezers, a dog collar buckle and eleven cents. He was happy with his finds!
The Tesoro metal dectector that we got was the Compadre model which sells for a reasonable $189. Tesoro products are made in the USA and have a LIFETIME GUARANTEE! When you order your metal detector you will receive a list of things that the lifetime guarantee does not cover. This includes obvious misuse or if you attempt to modify it. Honestly though, for the average person, you really wouldn't even need to try to modify it (if you knew what you were doing!) because it works really well! If you are looking for a stronger model that you want to use under water or in all terrian situations then be sure to check out their website for more Tesoro models.
It runs on a 9V battery and is perfect for a beginner but also enjoyable for a seasoned treasure hunter. It is simple to use and is easy to find small targets with it. Once my husband taught my son the ins and outs of the detector and showed him how to care for it, he was then able to go out on our property on his own with it. The discrimination for different metals is quite accurate which makes it easy and fun for kids and adults alike. The entire detector cannot be submerged in water but coil can if you are searching for treasure in shallow waters.
The whole family has been entertained with this detector. They have enjoyed going out and searching, digging and cleaning up their finds. Even if it's only an old soda can they find, they feel proud that they can help clean up the property. Next on the agenda; using our GPS and metal detector to find the stakes that show us where the boundries are on our property! Up until now we've only had a basic idea but now with the new map skills learned in our homeschool and the metal detector, we can be certain once and for all!
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