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What’s your strategy to win at Mancala? Give this ancient Ghanaian game a contemporary twist! Make your own set with Crayola® Model Magic.
Mancala is an ancient African game, often played with beans or beads. Did you know that it is considered to be the world’s oldest game? Historians believe it started in Ghana, where the game is called Wari. Variations of Mancala are played around the world. To successfully play this game, players must use strategy and counting. Invite small groups of students to investigate the history of this ancient game and how it is played. Then teams will create a game. The version described in the steps below is made with paper cups instead of ivory, but the rules are still the same!
Ask students to cover their work area with recycled newspaper. Form Crayola Model Magic into 48 pebble-like shapes, making 24 in each of two colors. Use the Model Magic primary colors or create original own hues. Just rub color from a Crayola Washable Marker into white modeling compound and knead. Continue adding color to get the shade desired. To give pebbles more weight and texture, mix in colored sand. Air-dry the pebbles overnight.
Use Crayola Scissors to cut off the tops of 14 small paper cups. Use your imagination and Crayola Tempera Paint to color each cup. Paint a shoe box lid, too. Air-dry thoroughly.
With Crayola School Glue, attach two rows of six painted cups to the box lid. Glue another cup to each end of the lid. These cups are known as kalahas.
To play, each player places four Model Magic pebbles in each of the six cups on her or his side. Let the games begin!
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