Stay at home activities for children and families from the Healthy Lives team

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Welcome to your Tower Hamlets Healthy Lives update

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Welcome to your new look Healthy Lives update.

The Tower Hamlets Healthy Lives team runs the Healthy Schools programme across all of the schools in our borough - primary, secondary and special. 

During the coronavirus pandemic, we are creating this newsletter to share exciting activities and fun ways for you to spend your time with your family. So, whether you're at home with your children, working from home or a key worker going to work, there's something for you.

If you're in a school, please share this bulletin on social media - the easiest way to do this is to click the link in the top right corner of this email where it says 'view this as a web page' - you will then have the online version and you can copy and share the URL. 

Just to let you know, you're receiving this because you have either opted in to get emails from the council relating to children and education, or you are one of the Healthy Lives team's regular contacts. 

We hope you enjoy reading, and that you and your families are safe and well at this difficult time. You can manage your subscription quickly and easily by scrolling down to the bottom of this newsletter. 

Take care,

Kate Smith,

Head of Healthy Lives at Tower Hamlets Council

Here's a selection of fun activities for you today...

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day!

Celebrate with a special interactive lesson for primary

Roald Dahl Day is celebrated on 13 September each year. If you can't wait until then, take a look at this very special interactive lesson from 2019, aimed at primary school pupils aged seven to 11. Explore the concept of being brave, standing up for what you believe in and using the power of words to change the world around you. It's a 35 minute programme from BBC Teach.

Watch now >

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo

Can you find the tiger?

Dharma the tiger is quite elusive, so she is used to self-isolation. She's a Sumatran tiger, so she's an animal that would generally live alone in the wild and is quite shy. Don’t worry if you can’t see her, she’s most likely exploring in the long grass or having a snooze. The best time to see Dharma is in the morning or afternoon.

Spot Dharma the tiger >


Have you ever wanted to learn to juggle?

Juggling is a challenging but rewarding hobby. While juggling may be difficult to master at first, it becomes easier once you've learned the basics and practiced. This article takes you into the basics of three-ball juggling, after which you can begin to introduce more balls.

Learn to juggle >

Maths board game

Make your own maths board game

Maths board games are a great way to get children hooked and engaged with maths. Gary Hall, a teacher from Yorkshire, has gathered a collection of board game templates which can be modified to make your own maths game which will teach many different aspects of both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Maths.

See the board games >

Book Depository

The Book Depository has put together a series of great reading sessions

We know that at this difficult time books can bring inspiration and joy to our lives. Tune into these internationally renowned authors for an exciting schedule of daily book readings that runs until Tuesday 5 May. 

Find out more >


Coronavirus updates and advice

The council is supporting the nation's efforts to tackle coronavirus, while running our most critical services and supporting our residents, including those that are vulnerable.  

We are regularly publishing advice for residents, local businesses and more at 

We are also sharing updates with our subscribers in regular emails, and publishing stories on social media using #TowerHamletsTogether.

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Stay at home

More on staying healthy, happy and entertained at home

In addition to the highlights featured here, the council has put together a whole host of resources to help families and individuals stay happy, healthy and entertained while they spend more time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

From online Idea Store materials to educational activities, learning a new skill or hobby, taking a virtual museum or zoo tour, keeping fit or just having pure fun, we've got it all in one place.

More activities and resources >

And remember...

Cleanest Giant

The Smartest Giant in Town. Photograph: Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson 2020

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The Healthy Lives Team want to support you with all aspects of health and wellbeing. We will be sending you regular newsletters that will be relevant whether you are at home with your children, working from home or at school. 

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