Mancala is the common name given to a group of games from ancient Africa. Create your own version of this game with a STYROFOAM board and beautiful beads.
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Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.
Age Range: 7 to 12
Grade Range: 1 to 6
Skill Level: Moderate
Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days
Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Math – e. g. measuring
Time Needed for Project:
1 hour plus drying time
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- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam – 18” x 6” x 1”
- Elmer’s® Craft Bond™ Tacky Glue
- Felt – assorted colors
- Beads – 2 colors for “seeds”
- Brown paper bag
- Teaspoon or melon baler
1. Open up a brown paper bag. Make a pattern 6” x 18”. Mark placement for holes 2” apart starting at 4” from the top and 1 ½” from the edge. Place the pattern on top of the STYROFOAM then push a sharp pencil through each dot into the STYROFOAM.
2. Remove the pattern, then scoop out shallow holes around the pencil point with a teaspoon or melon baller. Make an additional shallow hole at each end of the board. Smooth the edges with your fingertips.
3. Cut geometric shapes from felt sheets then glue them to the STYROFOAM board. Cut 2” strips of felt then cut into squares. Cut a square in half diagonally to make two triangles. You will need the following geometric shapes:
1” circles – 7 blue, 2 purple and 7 green
2” triangles – 14 red and 2 purple
Rectangles – 4 orange 1” x ½”
12 yellow ¼” x ½”
1 yellow 10” x 1”
1 purple 12” x 2”
2” squares – 4 purple
4. Glue the shapes to the top of the STYROFOAM and the circles in the pits. Cut 1” wide strips of blue and glue around the edge.
5. Use beads to represent seeds as playing pieces.
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