DIY Mancala Board Game

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Project by thediyplan posted 12-24-2019 01:52 AM 1074 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Similar to my previous project were I used scrap wood to build it, this DIY Mancala Board Game was also built form leftover scrap wood. Mancala game history can be traced back as far as CE 500 and 700. There are hundreds of variants around the world, but we will build only one of many variations of this game. This Mancala game is played by two players, and one game can take about 15 minutes.

Rules of Mancala Game: You can use rocks, beans, seeds or anything else. The game is divided into two parts: Your side with six holes and a “mancala” to the right, and your opponent’s side and a mancala.

To set up, place four marbles in each hole, except mancalas, a total of 48 marble. The point of this game to get the most marbles in your “mancala” cup. The first player grabs all marbles in any of their holes and drops, one by one, in succeeding holes in counter-clockwise direction. Including their mancala, but skipping their opponent’s mancala cup. Ones your hand is empty, it’s your opponent’s turn. If the last marble in your hand happens to go into your mancala, you go again. Also, if the last marble in your hand happens to fall into an empty hole that is yours, you grab that marble and all the marbles in a hole across from your opponent’s hole. Add them to your mancala cup. This continues until one player has all their holes empty. The player that still has marbles left in their holes adds them to their opponent’s mancala cup. The person with the most marbles in their cup wins. Have fun. Find the full plans at

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#1 posted 12-24-2019 02:40 PM

Great game for all ages. Nice work.

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#2 posted 12-27-2019 01:50 PM

Very nice! I picked my board up in Africa somewhere. We’ve enjoyed the game for two decades now.

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