Mancala may be the oldest board game in the world. Archaeologists have found evidence of ancient mancala games carved into stone in Egypt. Mancala is a “count and capture” game, and the word mancala in arabic means “to move.” There are many variations of the game that exist in different cultures, and it is a great game for developing math and strategizing skills for kids.
Back when I taught elementary school, I used to have my students create their own mancala games using simple items found in the home. Creating your own two-player mancala game is easy to do and pairs well with counting units in math or cultural units on Ancient Egypt.
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