This is a very simple metal detecting outdoor activity that provides hours of fun for all the family. Ancientcraft has used this game at a number of archaeological themed events. There is little preparation required for this activity, depending on where you set it up and the source/quality of the tree bark.
Materials & Tools:
First decide where to set up this event - this is very important, as you will be spreading a thin layer of the bark over a 2m x 2m area.
Things to consider for site:
Spread the bark over the selected area about 2m x 2m at a thickness of 2-5cm deep. If you decide to use the metal-coated chocolate sweet/candy coins (a favourite of the children) then consider wrapping each coin individually in cling film first, especially if the bark is old or not clean. Hide about 4-6 coins under the bark, at various locations so they cannot be seen and test the metal detector is correctly set to identify the metal coins.
Now you are ready for the first Treasure Hunter.
For young children, it is advisable to explain what they meant to do and even get them to detect a coin in plain view, so they can recognise the sound from the detector. Encourage them to move the detector "head" over the bark slowly and just skimming the surface, as this will give best results. Once the Treasure Hunter has located a coin, then they can simply dig it out with their hands.
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