Children at a Siberian kindergarten strip to their underwear and douse themselves with a bucket of icy water as part of the curriculum.
At state kindergarten number 317 in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, this is believed to keep them healthy, and stop infections.
The children take the cold showers daily after a hot sauna as long as the temperature is no lower than 25C.
A video shows the children dousing themselves in the cold at the kindergarten – which is also known as Sibiryachok, or Little Siberian.
Pre-school teacher and swimming coach Oksana Kabotko, 45, said: ‘The children have the ice cold shower if it’s no colder than minus 25C.’
Most parents give their permission for the cold shower which she claims leads to fewer days off school in a typical year.
The youngsters are also taught breathing exercises for the deep cold.Leave a comment