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Learning to play in the snow

Every year more than 700 children in Norwegian kindergartens get to play in the snow, in a winter wonderland created by the students at QMUC. 
For more than 40 years the students at QMUC have learned to create winter activities for children. The last few years the winter courses has taken place at Frøset gård, our campus in the forest near Trondheim. 

The students get to learn how to adjust for variation in clima and terrain, says Assistant Professor Sveinung Næss.
The students get to learn how to adjust for variation in climate and terrain, says Assistant Professor Sveinung Næss. 

The second year students have two days with teaching and preparing at Frøset before the children arrives on the third day, Næss continues.

- As well as learning theory they are also taught more practical skills, like identifying animal tracks and making ice-cream in the snow. There are different teachers from various subjects present, such as pedagogics, nature and science and physical education. 

The students Nicolai Lilleengen and Bodil Renna Holmeng emphasises that the facilities shall be challenging and exciting, but the children shall also experience that they master the different activities. 

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- We have done a lot of planning and preparations, but the children can be occupied by completely different things than we expected, says Nicolai Lilleengen and Bodil Renna Holmeng at QMUC. 

As long as the children are wearing proper clothing and have some activities to perform, they don`t mind some bad weather, claims the two students. 

They also say that this is great practice for when they start working, during a winter course where you are outdoors all day you also learn a lot about yourself and how you react in challenging situations. 

- The best thing about the winter course is the children`s joy of exploring the ski slopes, says Holmeng. 

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