Growing Wiser

Choosing the right way

Getting started

Help your family to be active this week with three fun sessions:

  • Involve everyone – anyone can lead!
  • Adapt for your family
  • Encourage each other
  • Challenge yourselves
  • Don’t exercise if it causes pain

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  • Do with another family
Warm up 512

Day 1: Warm-up

Mirror warm-up

Stand with a partner. One person decides actions such as high knees running, squats, superman, lunges, and so on. The other person acts as the mirror and follows their actions.

Swap roles after 60 seconds.

Play Video

Rest and talk together.

What are some of the choices you have already made today?

Go deeper: What are the main influences on the choices you make each day?

Move 512

Day 1: Move

Partner lunges

full lunge 900

Stand straight with hands on hips. Step forward with one leg and lower your hips until your front knee is bent at 90 degrees. Alternate legs.

Play Video

Practice lunges in pairs facing each other. Start slowly and carefully. Do four rounds of 10 repetitions. Rest between each round.

Go harder: Do six rounds.

Challenge 512

Day 1: Challenge

Increasing the seconds

Find a clock and perform the following movements for the given time:

  • 10 seconds – plank
  • 20 seconds – running in place with high knees
  • 30 seconds – squats
  • 40 seconds – bear crawl around room
  • 50 seconds – sit-ups
  • 60 seconds – rest

Do three rounds. Share some things you are thankful for during the time of rest.

Go harder: Do five rounds.

Explore 512

Day 1: Explore

It’s your choice

Read Matthew 7:13-14 from the Bible.

Jesus has been telling this crowd of people on the mountainside how to live the way God wants. It’s life changing. Now, as He comes to the end of His message, He invites them to choose the one path that will lead them to this way of life.

Place objects or furniture as obstacles around the room or yard. Each person has to cross the room in their own way.

Why did each person choose to go the way they did?

Explore the idea of how God gave us ‘free will’ to make choices.

Chat to God: Thank God for the ‘free will’ we have to make choices and ask for His wisdom in making them. Each person could name a choice they are facing for others to pray about.

Play 512

Day 1: Play

Walk the line

Make some lines on the floor (straight, zigzag, or curvy). Use clothes, tape, chalk, or ribbon. Each person must move along the line in a different way while others follow (hopping, backwards, and so on). Turn on the music and take turns to set different challenges.

Play Video

Health tip

Get enough sleep each day.

Warm up 512

Day 2: Warm-up

Follow the leader

Go for a short jog around the house or yard while everyone follows a chosen leader. Try to go to every room or space. The leader can change movements – side steps, high knees and so on. Swap leaders.

Play Video

Rest and talk together.

Tell each other some things you find ‘easy’ to do.

Go deeper: Tell of a time when the ‘easy way’ was not the best choice.

Move 512

Day 2: Move

Slow deep lunges

full lunge 900

Practice the slow lunge. Focus on tempo.

Step forward with one leg and count to five as you slowly lower your hips until your back knee touches the ground. Stand up quickly. Repeat for the other leg. Be a turtle, not a rabbit!

Repeat five times per leg.

Play Video

Go easier: Do lunges for 30 seconds. Rest and repeat.

Go harder: Slow down the lunges and show control. Do for 60 seconds. Rest and repeat.

Challenge 512

Day 2: Challenge

Yes and no!

Choose a leader and put some music on. Dance or do a movement until the leader says ‘yes’ or ‘no’. When the leader says ‘yes’ everyone does a squat. Go back to dancing. When the leader says ‘no’ everyone does a burpee. Keep dancing until the leader speaks.

Take turns to be the leader.

Play Video
Explore 512

Day 2: Explore

Choosing the easy way

Read Matthew 7:13-14.

Read the second part of verse 13 again.

Work together to quickly draw a picture of the scene putting in the broad road and lots of people. Discuss why all these people have chosen this particular road.

Share times when you just ‘went along with the crowd’ because it was easier than choosing to do something else.

Chat to God: Pray for any family members who may be struggling to make good choices because of the pressure from those around them to ‘follow the crowd’.

Play 512

Day 2: Play

Group storytelling

Sit in a circle. One person starts to tell a story. After one or two sentences, they pass to the next person by saying “and then …”. The next person carries on the story. Continue around the circle.

Variation: The leader can call out random words that can be included into the story to add fun.

Health tip

Get enough sleep each day. Different aged children and adults need different hours of sleep each night. Learn what you need!

Warm up 512

Day 3: Warm-up

Junkyard dog

One person sits on the floor with legs out to the front and arms out to the side. The others jump over the arm, the legs and the second arm. Everybody jumps two rounds and changes places, so everybody gets to jump.

Play Video

Rest and talk together.

Tell each other some things you find ‘hard’ to do.

Go deeper: Tell of a time when the ‘hard way’ was the best choice.

Move 512

Day 3: Move

Weighted lunges

full lunge 900

Add weight to the lunge. Wear a backpack with a book in it or hold water bottles in your hands. Think creatively to find weights the right size for each person. Remember to keep the proper technique.

Complete two sets of 10 repetitions. Rest 30 seconds between sets.

Go easier: Choose lighter weights.

Challenge 512

Day 3: Challenge

Obstacle course

Set up an obstacle course. Use the space you have inside or outside (for example, run to the tree or chair, leap over the path or rug, and so on). Be creative! Take turns to get through the obstacle course as quickly as possible. Time each person.

Play Video
Explore 512

Day 3: Explore

Choosing the hard way

Read Matthew 7:13-14.

Read verse 14 again. Look at yesterday’s drawing of the people on the broad road. Now close your eyes and imagine Jesus standing at the entrance to a narrow road and beckoning people to come with Him. Imagine yourself choosing to follow Him. Jesus wants us to choose ‘life’ and He promises to be with us all the way.

What are some of the good things about following Jesus’ way?

Chat to God: Thank God for the life He offers us through Jesus. Take it in turns to name people in your family or others you know using these or similar words: ‘Lord, please help (Name) choose to follow Jesus’.

Play 512

Day 3: Play

Keep the ball moving

The challenge is to move a small ball from one side of the room or yard to the other without touching it. You will have to work together to succeed.

Each person holds a piece of folded cardboard or a sturdy magazine for the ball to travel along. Line up and overlap your magazines so that the ball can roll down them. Start the ball rolling. When the ball passes your magazine run to the front of the line to get ready to receive the ball again. Always keep the ball moving down the magazines. Have fun trying.

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Reflect: What helped you succeed?

Tip for parents

Don’t just tell your children what to do. Get good at asking helpful questions to your children to help them weigh up choices and choose wisely.

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