Lockdown ideas and activities 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.

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Take care,


Kate Smith, Head of Healthy Lives, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

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

Blue Peter

Have you ever wanted a Blue Peter badge?

There are so many different Blue Peter badges, can you collect all eight? 

Here are a few examples of what you’ll find:

Blue badge

Blue badges are awarded for sending in interesting letters, stories, makes, pictures, poems, good ideas for the programme, and for having appeared on Blue Peter.

Green badge

Green badges are awarded for sending in letters, pictures and makes that are about the environment, conservation or nature.

Silver badge

Silver badges are awarded to Blue badge holders who go on to make an extra effort. For example, if you won a Blue badge for an interesting letter or email, you could win a Silver badge by sending in something different such as a make, picture or a poem.

Get your badge >


Online fun with friends and family

Arrange a video call to play games with your friends and family during lockdown. It's a fun and easy way to stay entertained, and keep in touch. You could play hangman, charades, sing songs together or just use your imagination.

Be inspired >

Cardboard Construction

Cardboard construction project

If you have any cardboard tubes lying around (for example from a toilet roll or kitchen paper roll) how about making something from them...

  • How tall, or how wide, can you build?
  • Can you recreate one of your favourite buildings in London?
  • Or, can you build a landmark from another city or country?
  • What else can you use to build? (Clue: an old cereal box or tissue box, an online delivery package, and lots more!)

Get building >

Rob Biddulph

Learn to draw the 'Gregosaurus'

#DrawWithRob is a series of draw-along videos that you can watch with your kids and, hopefully, make some nice pictures together. 

Get drawing >


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 www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/coronavirus 

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...


The Scarecrows’ Wedding. Photograph: Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson 2020

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The Healthy Lives Team wants 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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