The Simple Truth About Mancala

The simplicity of the board game Mancala makes it fun and entertaining for kids of all ages. Whether you are 6 or 86, you can enjoy some fun playing this game for hours on end. So easy, and so straightforward you can play this virtually anywhere. People will already create their own boards for Mancala if they can’t find an ‘official’ board. The game originated centuries ago in Africa where it was played in the dirt with pebbles.

The Mancala board game is made up of game board and 14 cups for play. The twelve smaller cups are placed in the middle of the board. These larger cups are on located at the end of the board, with one on the right side and the other on the left side. The larger bowl to your right is your Mancala. The board is set between the two players and the row of smaller cups on your side and the large bowl on your right side being yours.

The goal is to collect as many stones as you can to store in your Mancala. The player with the most stones at the end of play is deemed the winner. The stones are also known as ‘seeds’ and game play method that players are to sow their seeds by picking up what is in a cup, and spreading the seeds one at a time, in other bowls moving counter clockwise on the board. You always start from your own bowls, never in an opponents. If the player reaches their Mancala they drop a stone in, but they never drop a stone in their opponents, instead they skip them.

Once a stone is dropped in a Mancala it stays there until the game is over. Play ends when a player doesn’t have any more seeds in the smaller cups on their side of the board. The game can progress quickly and is very uncomplicated. If you can count, you can play. Some of the best players are those that don’t ‘over think’ their moves, meaning that many children excel at this.

So simple, not a lot of parts, and the stones or seeds can be just about anything: marbles, pennies, if you’d like to add another size to it, use candy or a treat. Then you may want to win already more!

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