The whole family will love this game. Play it during Ramadhan or on ‘Eid. You can even have Mancala teams or playoffs!
What Is Mancala
Mancala is a strategy game played by moving game pieces around a game board.
The 48 game pieces are called “stones”.
The game board has a total of 14 cups or “pits”. One side on the board has a row of 6 pits; the other side also has a row of 6 pits. The other 2 cups are called “stores” and they sit on each end of row.
The pits hold the stones being played. The stores hold the stones won (captured) during the game. The winner is the player who has captured the most stones.
You can make your own Mankala game very easily.
How To Make a Mancala Board Game
You Will Need
- 1 empty egg carton
- 2 small yogurt containers, empty and clean
- 48 game stones (see below)
- Clear tape
- Paint (optional)
Make the Game Board
Cut the lid off the egg carton. Keep the part of the carton that holds the eggs … it is the game board.
Take a yogurt container and put it at the end of the egg carton, centering it between the two egg cups at the end of the carton. Tape the yogurt containers to the egg carton — this part is optional.
Paint the Game Board (Optional)
If your egg carton is made from cardboard, decorate it. Either paint it with acrylic paint, or decoupage it with pieces of tissue paper and white glue that has been thinned with water.
Create Game Stones
You will need 48 game stones. There are many things that can be used for stones. Try dry fava or pinto beans, dry chick peas, small stones, marbles, buttons, uncooked macaroni, etc.
How to Play Mancala
See the “Mancala Play Booklet” (pdf) for instructions on how to play the game.