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Mancala for Kids

4.6 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews

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  • Features colorful animals for kid play
  • The wood board game folds in half
  • Wood game board with hinge, 48 colorful plastic pieces
  • For 2 players
  • Agers 6 and up
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Product Description

Mancala is thousands of years old, tracing its lineage to ancient Egypt. Legend has it that workers played the game during rest periods while building the pyramids. But the game is great for modern times as well--it has gained new popularity as one of the world's most intriguing and clever two-player games. Our special kids edition replaces gemstones with cute plastic animals. To start, place all the animals in the pockets of the board. When it's your turn, choose a pocket and scoop up all the animals in it, then drop them back into the pockets one-by-one as you circle the board. With just a few easy rules to follow, the object is to collect the most animals by the end of the game. All the pieces go back inside the game unit, which folds up for easy storage. This set includes: 1 high quality wood hinged playing board, 48 colorful animal playing pieces and complete instructions.

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It's called Mancala For Kids, but, aside from having the traditional playing stones shaped into plastic animal forms, it's a surprisingly elegant version of the centuries-old pebble-snatching pursuit. With its clasped and hinged board fashioned of solid hardwood, this game's equipment is finer than many deluxe sets on the market, and the simple classic rules are intact. Two players still scoop out stones from one of their wells, dropping one in each subsequent pocket and trying to collect opposing pieces. So, go ahead and call it Mancala For Kids--at least until your little opponent scoops up all your doggies, fishies, and widdle turtles and wins the game. --Tony Mason

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 10 x 1.6 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00004TFZJ
  • Item model number: 4428-06
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 6 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,688 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Mancala, of course, is one of my all-time favorite low-tech games; now my daughter plays it for hours with her friends, just like I did 30 years ago.
This set has a nice folding wooden board and the fun animal-shaped plastic pieces -- the kids like the animals, and the irregular shapes actually are easier to handle than smooth stones. It also stores fairly compactly.
The three things I don't like about this set:
- the clasp is very difficult to work. You will break your thumbnail.
- The pits aren't deep enough to hold more than about 5 stones. This is a problem when you get a big stack.
- The wooden hinges, while allowing the board to lie flat, look flimsy and are difficult to work.
In all, a good game marred by a few technical problems, but the kids won't care.
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I first played this game at summer camp. All of my friends and I used to fight over who would play. This went on from the beginning to the end and then I wanted to buy it. This toy never gets old. It is fun for all ages and you will just want to keep playing and playing ...
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Wonderful presentation of the most ancient of games, something I have enjoyed in a variety of settings with a variety of materials, including pebbles and holes in the sand.

Here we have an excellent presentation of this ancient math game which teaches and practices so many skills necessary for school, for standardized tests, for life.

This can hook right in, for instance, to The Lion King (Little Golden Book), but you did NOT hear that from me!

Makes math fun, and challenges all ages. Not just for kids, but the whole family.

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The Complete Mancala Games Book: How To Play the World's Oldest Board Games
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the electronic manifestations which this public computer's filter will not now bring up for some reason
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This is the second Mancala For kids, that I have purchased. I first brought it for my daughter when she was about 8 years old, and then I brought it for her again, when she turned 21. Lol, I know she's to old for this particular version, however she loves the pieces, and it was a reminder of her childhood. I would highly recommend this game for children and adults. We love it!
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By Va.Geo on September 17, 2010
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Mancala is an ages old game and this version comes with easy to understand instructions and the kids love the animals. The board folds for easy storage with wooden hinges. Well constructed, this should last a loong time!!! this game helps those mathematically challenged and will improve strategic playing by your youngsters.
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This is a great game! It's a kids version of Mancala in that the pieces are colorful little animals instead of pebbles - otherwise it's the same game. It's great for ages 4 and up. My son plays it every night and we got it for all of our friends for christmas!
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My 6 and 7 year old girls love this game. The little animals are adorable. They do fill up the little holes quickly but it isn't that big of a nuisance. 4 stars because there is an ugly "Made in China" stamp on one side of the box you can see when it is closed, but we just put a big sticker over it. The wood doesn't look too pretty or anything, just plain, but it is a great beginner set to make sure the kids even enjoy the game.
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A Kid's Review on November 23, 2001
Mancala is a great GAME THAT TAKES A LOT OF SKILL, TECHNIQUE, AND BRAIN POWER. yOU CAN THINK UP OF MANY DIFFERENT STRATEGIES IN ONE GAME THAT CAN HELP YOU BEAT THE OPPOSING PLAYER. iT'S FUN AND EDUCATIONAL BOTH AT THE SAME TIME AND DESERVES 5 STARS UNDER EACH CATAGORY.
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