Mancala is a traditional wooden favourite that reinforces early maths skills. The word mancala comes from the Arabic word naqala meaning literally "to move."
Bigjigs has provided a generous wooden board (this is not the folding travel version!) for this two player game, where the aim is to collect the most stones.
Players begin by placing the four stones into each hole (don’t include the store / mancalas). To decide who’s going first by flipping a coin or doing rock-paper-scissors. During their turn, players must collect all of the stones in a hole on their side of the board and drop them, one by one, in the next holes in a counter-clockwise motion.
Players can place stones in their own mancala (as it counts as a hole) but can’t put them into their opponent’s mancala. Players can also place their marbles in the holes on their opponent’s side. The game keeps on going until the players have no more marbles left, and it’s their opponent’s turn. Whoever collects the most marbles, wins.
Mancala games are a fun way to develop counting and hand/eye coordination skills.
Handcrafted. Made from high quality, responsibly sourced materials.
Conforms to current European safety standards.
Contains 1 wooden board and 48 coloured stones.
Game instructions included in 12 different languages (including English)