Getting into one sleeping bag seems simple enough, but it is a lot harder when you have three or four sleeping bags to get into and the temperature in your tent is minus 40oC. It is easy to get frostbite in your fingers zipping up the sleeping bag at night, especially when you are tired after a long day. It can also be very frustrating to try to do up fiddly zips with gloves on. This exercise teaches young people how to develop mental resilience.
(10 minutes preparation)
All you need to do this activity is three sleeping bags and some big mitts.
If you cannot find enough sleeping bags for three per team, consider the following options:
The way that the team would get in and out of their sleeping bags in the Arctic, would be to kneel beside the sleeping bags and place them unzipped one on top of the other. Working from the innermost sleeping bag, they would zip it closed as much as possible but still leave enough space to get in. Then, they would get into the layered sleeping bag system and just need to zip the final sections of each bag.
Part of:AXA Ocean Education
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Cross-curricular | Ages 7-11
Based on journeys undertaken by real explorers and scientists, the Frozen Oceans (Primary) education programme is designed to introduce students to what life is like in the High Arctic.