Giant Mancala

The object of the game is to capture more stones than your opponent.

How to Play

  • The Mancala board is made up of two rows of six holes, or pits, each. If you don’t have a Mancala board handy, substitute an empty egg carton.
  • Four pieces—marbles, chips, or stones—are placed in each of the 12 holes. The color of the pieces is irrelevant.
  • Each player has a store (called a Mancala) to the right side of the Mancala board. (Cereal bowls work well for this purpose if you’re using an egg carton.)
  • The game begins with one player picking up all of the pieces in any one of the holes on his side.
  • Moving counter-clockwise, the player deposits one of the stones in each hole until the stones run out.
  • If you run into your own store, deposit one piece in it. If you run into your opponent’s store, skip it.
  • If the last piece you drop is in your own store, you get a free turn.
  • If the last piece you drop is in an empty hole on your side, you capture that piece and any pieces in the hole directly opposite.
  • Always place all captured pieces in your store.
  • The game ends when all six spaces on one side of the Mancala board are empty.
  • The player who still has pieces on his side of the board when the game ends capture all of those pieces.
  • Count all the pieces in each store. The winner is the player with the most pieces.

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