mancala materials

Math and Mancala

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.

You will need:

  • egg carton(s)
  • paint (optional for decoration)
  • paint brushes (optional)
  • 48 counting pieces
  • scissors
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    Making Snow Globes

    Blankets of snow and ice-caked trees take over Vermont every December, reminding us just how Narnia-like this state can be in the winter. Sometimes it feels like we’re living in one gigantic snow globe, while Mother Nature shakes it up reminding us again and again of the wonder and beauty of snow.

    If you don’t live in an area where it snows, you can still create your own mini winter wonderland by making a snow globe. Snow globes make for great decorations or gifts. You can make and shake your own snow globes with just a few easy steps.

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