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8 Indoor games to play with your stir crazy kids this winter

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

DIY bowling alley and other games to keep your kids from being bored

The weather outside is frightful, but inside it's so delightful — as long as you have a plan to keep those wild kids entertained.

The bad news, of course, is that without a game plan for miserable weather, you're absolutely doomed. Keep these high-energy and time-consuming indoor games in your repertoire to avoid a mommy's case of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Touch and feel box

DIY bowling alley and other games to keep your kids from being bored

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Here's a game to prove that moms are just as fun as dads, obviously. Load up the nastiest sensory box you can possibly imagine. Leave out the tennis balls and the rubber bands. We're talking cooked spaghetti and mashed potatoes. Your kids will be shocked that you're so rad and gross when they have to guess what's in your sensory shoebox.

Indoor bowling alley

DIY bowling alley and other games to keep your kids from being bored

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Place six empty 2-liter bottles in a row, and instruct your kids to roll a ball across the floor to knock them down. The winner is the kid who knocks over the most pins at the end of the 10th round. For added fun — and only if you have tile or hardwood — forget the ball and have your kids slide in their flannel pajamas to knock over the bottles. Or you can just slide your Corgi.

Sick-awesome electronic board game

DIY bowling alley and other games to keep your kids from being bored

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Here's a battery-operated board game that you've never heard of, but is completely worth the purchase risk. Catch the Thief asks kids to solve one of three in-depth mysteries with an impressive CSI-style lab and corresponding evidence. Don't worry, Mom, none of the mysteries involve murder. (Amazon, $20)

Miniature pizza chef

DIY bowling alley and other games to keep your kids from being bored

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Now is your chance to unload your stash of pre-prepared sugar cookie dough. (Not that you have any, right?) Encourage your kids to make miniature cookie pizzas, decorated with tasty chocolates and sprinkles for a yummy treat.

Balloon baseball

DIY bowling alley and other games to keep your kids from being bored

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Blow up a balloon and instruct your children to go nuts with their own version of baseball. Kids don't need rules when it comes to games like this. They just need a balloon. They're geniuses with a balloon.

Master puppeteers

DIY bowling alley and other games to keep your kids from being bored

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Have a few craft supplies lying around? Steal your husband's socks and create your own puppets for a show! You can affix buttons, pipe cleaners and ping-pong balls to your masterpieces before calling the family together for a veritable puppet show masterpiece.

Pencil in a bottle

DIY bowling alley and other games to keep your kids from being bored

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Tie a piece of yarn around your kids' waists, and affix the yarn to a pencil. It should hang down like a little tail. Have them squat down and try to place the hanging pencil in the top of a Coke bottle. The kid with the best time is the winner. Also, all those squats are sure to tire them out.

Ridiculously challenging obstacle course

DIY bowling alley and other games to keep your kids from being bored

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We've all heard of obstacle courses for indoor family fun, but a high-speed obstacle course is over before you know it. Not so, if participants have to run the course while army-crawling from the inside of a sleeping bag. Your kids will look like little worms as they crawl through the course — and they'll move as slowly as one, too.

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