When I was a little girl, I spent many Summer days hanging out with my best friend at the local playground and rec center. The town swimming pool was right next door, so we’d go take a quick dip to cool off, then head over to the playground area for the day.
When we got bored of swinging or playing on the monkey bars, we would head over to the rec center and rent out one of their Mancala games. We’d bring it back to the playground, sit on top of one of those really large hollow tunnels and play Mancala for hours.
Mancala, the “National Game of Africa”, is a strategic 2-player game, recommended for ages 8 and up. The board game is crafted from solid wood, and pictured on the board are the Ancient African Petroglyphs of the Tenere Desert, located in the middle of the Sahara. This set also includes 48 African trading beads – there are four different styles of beads (12 each) included in this set. When I was little, we didn’t have these fancy game pieces because they didn’t want the kids to lose them. So, we used pebbles from the playground instead! lol
Read the rules and history of Mancala. The game is really quite simple to play, but does require a good amount of forethought, and a little luck!
If you’re looking for a game to keep your kids occupied this Summer, without being glued in front of an electronic device, introduce them to Mancala. This is a really great game to take on camping trips because it’s small and convenient to travel with. I had so much fun with this game as a child, and yours will too!