Please tell me your second name/ Please play me your second game

by Amy Turn Sharp





I have very fond memories of me and my kids from school spending most late afternoons during summer school/summer program outside of Sawyer Recreation Center sat round long tables playing Mancala. It was a fierce competition nearly each day and all the Mancala players were highly skilled and highly animated. I battled a particular girl for years(Dynisha if you ever read this you rock)and could never become victorious. :(

Mancala is super fun!

The object is to compete to collect as many marbles as you can before yr opponent clears his side of the game.
Here are the rules!
You can make mancala games with egg cartons or tins, but the way we went was with the earth! Grab a patch of earth, a spoon, and some rocks!(I used some river rocks-but you can use beads or buttons or anything really)

Make two trenches on either side of yr playing rectangle and then dig 12 small holes for the rocks to sit in snugly. Simple as that! Finn loved digging up a bit of the backyard and it has been keeping us entertained all morning.

cheap
simple
learning
fun
When you tire of the game you can simply cover up the holes and throw some grass seed down!
Etymology: Arabic nakala 'to move'

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