Mancala Instructions. For 2 Players. Ages 6 to Adult. CONTENTS. Folding Wood Gameboard, 48 Colored Stones, Cloth Drawstring bag. OBJECT. Have the most. Mancala or Oware Rules. African and Asian classic board game – comprehensive instructions for friendly play from Masters Traditional Games. Mancala Game Rules. 7. If the last stone you drop is in an empty hole on your side, you can remove. (capture) that stone and any stones in the hole directly.
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Towards the end of the school year, games are more important than ever in my classroom. I selectively choose games that foster critical and strategic thinking. There are so many great options, mancwla mancala is one of my favorites! Mancala has been played around the world for over a thousand years for a good reason.
It is easy to learn to play, but so wonderfully challenging! And it can be played with very basic materials. Paper cups and raisins do the trick.
Or a paper game board and unit cubes. Or with chalk and pebbles outside. Whatever you have on hand will work. Here are some ideas for introducing this amazing game to your students. There are a lot of options to create mancala game boards for your students to use.
I like that it sends the message that games can be made from recycled or humble materials — no need to buy an expensive toy to have fun. The simplest way to go instruction a paper game board, like this one you can downloadprint, and possibly laminate for long-term use. One year, my students brought in egg cartons that we painted and turned into mancala game boards.
Another option is to cut down small paper cups to about an inch high and glue or tape them to a cardboard base. To create manfala mancala board pictured below, simply cut down a inxtructions three-ounce paper cups and two larger paper cups. Glue the cups to the lid of a gift box, and decorate the game board with markers.
The year my students made egg carton mancala boards, I bought a bag of vase gems and let them decorate the glass gems with paint markers. I used to model how manxala play mancala using a chart paper instruchions board tacked to my white board and with small magnets as the seeds. Now I pop a small paper game board under my document camera to model the game.
Instead I ask my students to watch carefully and to give a thumbs-up when they think they understand the rules. Then we play again, my class against me. After playing the game together, most students are ready to play with a partner. Another option is to play online and project the game on a whiteboard jnstructions your students to watch. There are many online options; I like this uncluttered version mancla lets you select the difficulty level for your computerized opponent. My friend Danielle, an occupational therapist, plays mancala with her students all the time.
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She makes sure that they follow an important rule: She says this forces children to work on in-hand manipulation skills, specifically translation. That is the ability to move objects in this case, game pieces from the palm to the fingertips and back. For more on in-hand manipulation skills, here is a instrucions resource with specific activities.
Mancala has many natural math extensions.
It can help children practice an important math fluency skill called subitizing. For example, a child could see three seeds in a mancala pit and recognize the three seeds without counting them individually.
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Here mancxla an interesting article about subitizing from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Mancala also provides a natural context for multiplicative thinking in older elementary students. With six pits and four seeds in each pit, students will progress from counting seeds to skip-counting to using multiplication facts. Mancala is an interesting example to introduce children to globalization and the spread of culture.
Students can research the various versions of the game played around the world.
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A Google image search will also turn up an incredible array of game boards of various ages and origins, that make for a great art history object study. Just like chess, which has well documented academic benefits, mancala teaches children to think lnstructions before acting — a challenging skill for many third graders! Do your students play mancala?
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