- Fun Counting Game
is a counting game that uses stones, beans, or marbles. The board
game is usually wooden with six small compartments on each side
and one large compartment (the mancala) at each end of the board.
If cost is an issue, an egg carton is perfect to use for a board
and simply get two bowls to act as the mancalas.
a two player game. There are different levels of difficulty so
all ages can play and not get bored. The simplest level begins
with three stones in each of the six compartments moving up to
beginning with six stones in each.
provides older children the chance to feel good about themselves
because not only are they having fun when they play but they get
to help a younger one learn how to count better. It also lets
them challenge themselves because of the different difficulty
levels. My children love to play Mancala. On rainy days it is
a great choice. They have mini mancala tournaments and then the
little one takes the stones and starts putting one at a time in
each compartment mimicking them. It is a wonder to my ears to
hear her saying, "1,2,3,11,7,8" because I know that
she was learning and having fun at the same time.
It is also
portable so waits in the doctor's office aren't so awful and car
rides are somewhat manageable too. Although there are alot of
stones, it will still work if some get lost. Just decrease the
amount in each compartment to start with. Or go for a walk with
the kids and find more stones!
of the game : To collect the most stones in your mancala (large
compartment on both ends of the board) not to be the first one
out of stones.
play the game : The beginning level has three stones in each
compartment. On your turn, choose any one of the six compartments
on your side of the board. In a counter clockwise motion (left
to right) work your way around the board putting a stone in each
compartment, including your mancala but skipping your opponent's.
If your last stone lands in your mancala you may go again. If
it lands in an empty compartment on your side of the board, you
may take all the stones immediately opposite plus your
last stone and put them in your mancala. If your last stone ends
anywhere else, it is the end of your turn. Keep going until all
of your six compartments on your side are empty. The game ends
at this point but that doesn't necessarily mean you win. Your
opponent will get to take all remaining stones in his six compartments
and deposit them in his mancala adding to his total. When you
add up all your stones whoever has the most wins.
love this game :
It is a
game that encourages children to help each other learn to count
children demonstrate what they know
It is portable
not need batteries
It is an
educational game that invites positive interaction between children
children to think ahead about their next move
priced and can even be made from products found around the house
eliminating cost all together.
be played for 15 minutes or 2 hours
some video clips to get some tips on the different strategies
and difficulty levels of this tried and true favorite game.