Mancala – The African Stone Game


To start: Decide which player will play first by the flip of a coin. The first player picks up all of the marbles in one of the pockets on his side of the board. The player then proceeds by placing one marble at time in each of the succeeding pockets moving clockwise around the board. If the last marble is placed in either of the Wells, the player receives another turn. For example: Player A picks up 4 marbles from a pocket on his side and places them one at a time in the next succeeding pockets, ending in a Well thus receiving another turn. Play continues and alternates between players each time that the marbles do not finish in the Wells. Players may not touch the marbles to count them and once touching the marbles the player must play them.

To end play: Play ends when one players six pockets are empty.

More playing rules available and come with the game.

Many believe that Mancala could be the oldest game in the world. It is estimated to have been in existence for 7,000 years or more. The word Mancala means “to transfer” in Arabic. To transfer, or move, playing pieces from one bin to another is the exact premise of the game. There are literally hundreds of variations of the game. In almost every African nation some version of Mancala is played. This game is played by all ages (4 and up).


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  1. Kayden Worster 19 June, 2020 at 08:26 Reply

    I've played the one that you put the jewels in your slot and with the most marbles wins in 1st and 2nd grade good memories

  2. Deer Stuidos 19 June, 2020 at 08:26 Reply

    I played this in my classroom and we had a Netherland teacher who carved the game out lol I was playing with a boy
    (Edit)oh and I have African blood but also I'm from🗾

  3. La'teisha Gross 19 June, 2020 at 08:26 Reply

    WRONG that is not how you play I have been playing for 3 years and I know that is not how you play so all wrong go ahead and try again

  4. igal itzhakov 19 June, 2020 at 08:26 Reply

    Found this awsome edictive game to download to your phone:

  5. Cheryl Wynn 19 June, 2020 at 08:26 Reply

    lol at all the American experts… Because u learned one way to play… so everybody else is wrong… Even the Africans are probably laughing

  6. justme luvee 19 June, 2020 at 08:26 Reply

    the second alternative shown is actually how I learned to play, but there are hundreds of variations throughout Africa, Europe, Asia and the US. No matter how you learn, the purpose is to teach strategy and math skills, so you can't lose by learning this game. 👍🏼

  7. 'GangggMalaysia 19 June, 2020 at 08:26 Reply

    That's not how u play u play like this if you drop a marble in a pocket with marbles you pick it up and keep on going so try again😜

  8. Kat Munro 19 June, 2020 at 08:26 Reply

    To all of those who say this is wrong: The Rules of Mancala

    Probably more than any other game, variations of the board game Mancala
    are multitudinous.  Throughout Africa, the West Indies, India and
    Arabia literally hundreds of variations exist.  The first game listed
    here is Oware which is played on a two-rank
    Mancala board and which is common to West Africa and the Caribbean.  
    Oware (or variants of it) is the most commonly played Mancala game in
    international competition.  Oware
    Nam Nam is a game played on the same board by children in and around
    Ghana although it is just as complicated and quite different to Oware.

  9. Brittney Presley 19 June, 2020 at 08:26 Reply

    Wrong way to play my class played that last Friday and that's not how we played and I kno my teacher knows how to play that game 😕

  10. Shaquille Imanuel 19 June, 2020 at 08:26 Reply

    How do you know this is the wrong way when there are more then 200 ways described of playing this game. More than 800 names of traditional mancala games are known, which are played in 99 countries.

  11. Sarai Perez 19 June, 2020 at 08:26 Reply

    All of u are being so rude saying it's wrong, to him you might be wrong stop judging other people's videos because your just being plain rude! Stop saying ur an idiot this is how you play because I bet if someone does that to you're going to get all offense! Think about others people feelings for once, would u like that to happen to you? I bet if you do your version other people will think ur "WRONG" and start judging your video just like you guys are doing. Some people say take it down well pls shut up because you won't like those comments on ur video. He was clearly nice to show how he plays it so take the for appreciation. You guys are ungrateful that even took his time to make this video and teach you how to play his way, so for goodness sake just be quiet and move on! 😑😒 Also if you don't like don't watch geez

  12. Kiana Fridrich 19 June, 2020 at 08:26 Reply

    To everyone who says this is wrong. There are many variations. I have gone around and seen multiple. The rules have been passed down and told in different ways to different people so the way it's played may have changed because of the way they are remembered or explained. For all we know, none of the variations we have today could be the way people first played this YEARS ago.

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