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Mancala


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UG-9916 Features: -The ancient game of strategy from Africa.-For thousands of years, Mancala's simple rules and challenging strategy have made it the world's most popular game.-For ages 6 and up.-This solid wood set features three sets of rules, glass beads, and a storage box.-The object is to collect the most beads in your large mancala bowls by sequentially dropping stones.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 18.1 x 5.8 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • ASIN: B000F8XAJA
  • Item model number: 09916
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,182 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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My students find this very interesting.
Megan Deperro
We purchased this exact version of Mancala a few years ago and still love to play with it.
C. Collucci
The instructions were very easy and they loved the glass pieces.
R. Tompkins

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Megan Deperro on October 5, 2008
As a teacher this ancient game teaches not only math but culture. This game has been around in Asia and Africa for thousands of years and has many cultural aspects to go along with it such as in some places men only play with men and women only play with women. My students find this very interesting.
My students also enjoy playing with the beads and separating them into categories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Collucci on November 19, 2011
We purchased this exact version of Mancala a few years ago and still love to play with it. My daughters were 6 and 9 and picked up the rules easily. It used to be very easy for Mommy and Daddy to win but now that they're seasoned players it's become more challenging for both of us as the girls try out new and better strategies. We also appreciate that there are different variations of the game and have even come up with some "house rules" of our own. The board is good quality wood and the we like the multi-colored glass beads - easily replaceable with the glass "stones" from a craft store if you lose any.
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By Sonesta on January 2, 2011
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This is such a great game! Adults and kids of all ages can play it. I taught my kids to play it before they were even in school and their knowledge and strategy ability have grown so much over the years. It's a quick game to play and so easy to learn.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John H. on February 22, 2009
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I remember this game when I was younger, and never fully understood how to play. As an adult, I researched the rules 'cause I'm a nerd like that, and found it's actually pretty easy to get the hang of. It's a long wooden board (maybe I could have sprung for the folding one), but it still works. The only thing is maybe the grooves could be bigger. I don't know if it's true for any Mancala board, but sometimes you have like ten beads in one bowl and they just spill over. It's hard to drop them when you have a bunch in one hand, and you might have to keep a keen eye to which bowls just housed one extra bead.

I play it with my 8 year old nieces, and it doesn't bear much educational content, but you can invent a scoring system where when you count your beads at the end, each is worth 10 points and the first to 1,000 pts is the winner. So that's math, haha.

It's a fun game and if you get tired of the same old thing, you can invent new ways to play like the aforementioned. It comes with easy to understand directions, and a few times around, you can get really good at developing strategies. You could probably even make a game like this if you're hard up for cash. It's one of those creative games that doesn't require a lot of skill or concentration. I'd recommend it for a rainy day! :D
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