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DIY Mancala Board #kidsinthekitchen

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Having kids of varying ages there aren’t too many things that they all have interest in. Board games is tops on that list though. Games is something they can always agree on. Sabreena remembered playing a game in elementary school called Mancala. I’ve never played it but have heard of it. She looked in the fridge on day and said save that egg carton when it’s empty, I have a project for it. DIY Mancala Board #kidsinthekitchen #recycledcrafts Using an 18-count egg carton Sabreena fashioned her own Mancala board and grabbed some glass gems from my craft cabinet. Within 1 hour of her big idea she and Shae were playing. Like I said I didn’t know how to play the game but apparently Shae did and they went through about 4 games before dinnertime. This is now a nightly ritual, one I don’t mind at all. I’m gonna bring all the quiet games into the living room so we can have nightly intellectual games instead of tv and video game time. Materials and Directions

    • 18-count egg carton
    • strong glue such as E6000
    • pen knife or other sharp knife
    • Tissue paper & mod podge (or washi or duct tape)

Using the knife slice one long row of egg cups from the carton. DIY Mancala Board #kidsinthekitchen #recycledcrafts Cut 2 sections of 2 cups to use as the “store” and cut out the dividers of those 2 pieces. Glue the store cups on the ends of the remaining carton, set aside to dry for several minutes. Seal up the holes in the “store” cups with paper or tape. DIY Mancala Board #kidsinthekitchen #recycledcrafts The girls used colorful tissue paper and mod podge. This just made the game board a little more festive.DIY Mancala Board #kidsinthekitchen #recycledcrafts Your game is ready to play with marbles, rocks, seeds, beads or in our case glass gems.DIY Mancala Board #kidsinthekitchen #recycledcrafts Mancala is the word for this type of “sowing” game. There are many versions of it around the world from many cultures. This is the version my girls play. One day I’ll invest in a beautiful wood board that will last a long time but for now I’ll relish in the ingenuity of my smart girls to create their own fun. Come join me and my co-hosts, Paula at Frosted Fingers, Sara at Sensibly Sara, Kate of Busy Bee Kate & Jeannette of EcoIncognito each week linking up a post, new or old, that feature the theme Kids in the Kitchen. It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing it together, enjoying it and learning something along the way.

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  1. I think I need to learn how to play that game — love how you recycled the egg carton!

  2. thank you for another party! happy weekend 🙂

  3. What a fantastic idea! My husband and I used to play Mancala all the time! I forgot how much we loved it. I think I’ll make this and reintroduce it into game night! Thanks.

  4. I love the recycled egg carton. I have no idea how to play this game, but it looks like something fun!

  5. What a great idea!

    Thanks for hosting 🙂

  6. You are very crafty. I had never even heard of this game until right now, but it sounds fun!

  7. I don’t know that game but it reminds me of Mastermind! Very neat craft.

  8. Very cute idea! I never heard of Mancala but it seems interesting thanks for sharing

  9. What a great game to play! I think my daughter will enjoy it.

  10. So cool! I’m showing this to my kids. I don’t think they’ve played Mancala.

  11. I love this game! I haven’t played in forever. I’ll be saving our egg cartons to make the game board.

  12. Catherine S says

    What a neat and creative idea. I have not heard of this game before but it sounds fun. We have game night at our house every Sun. night. About 5 or 6 of my sons friends come over and we play games until 3:00 or 4:00am.

  13. We loved to play Mancala when i was a kid. Great idea!

  14. Hello cute lady! I love stopping and partying with you each week. I hope you get a chance to swing by our party. We would love to have you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

  15. I loved playing mancala when I was in school! What a cute DIY! I can’t wait to make this!

  16. How cool is that! I think this is a fantastic do it yourself project and it makes for a fun game.

  17. What a fun project to do with the kids! I’ve never played Mancala, but I’ll have to now just to make the board!

  18. This is such a great idea!! I need to pin this for future reference.

  19. Ok, this is brilliant! my son would love this!

  20. Very creative. that is great use of an object that would normally be thrown out

  21. I love that you made this! I’ve played Mancala with my mother-in-law but my kids haven’t ever played. This would be a lot cheaper than buying one to see if the boys would enjoy playing.

  22. I’ve never heard of that game before, but I do appreciate someone who will get crafty and make their own board! Good job!

  23. omg this rocks. (haha see what i did there? you used rocks… get it?)

    but really. i need to make these with my girl scouts! what cool diy family gifts!

  24. What a fun idea! I’ve never heard of a Mancala board before but it sounds like a fun game.

  25. Very cute – such a great idea. We play Mancala quite a bit. Perfect project for Isa and Davey

  26. I love this! What a fantastic idea. I love DIY and haven’t done anything like this yet! Great idea!

  27. WOW! I never thought of making our own Mancala game! YES super easy. Thank you. Love the linky, too! I shared something. Have a great week.

  28. In my husband’s culture they play something similar, but it’s called something else, and they play it with shells. I forgot what it’s called and how to spell it. Great idea! I’ll have to share this with my mother-in-law.

  29. I have never heard of this game before. And you have very creative daughters.

  30. OH yeah, that is an easy way to make a mancala board. My kids all love that game.

  31. My in-laws taught my kids how to play and they love it!
    I love the recycled egg carton!

  32. I had never heard of this game before. It looks pretty cool and it’s nice that you can make ot from household items.

  33. this is so neat. Never played mancala before but I can definitely see how you could use this for counting. Love that you recycled.

  34. What a great idea and perfect way to recycle. Thank you for posting the rules to the game.

  35. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I’ve never heard of that game. That’s definitely something my nieces and nephew would LOVE to play with. Will have to make one with them and find the Mancala rules 🙂 THanks for sharing!!

  36. What a fantastic use of an egg carton! I haven’t played this game in years!

  37. Mancala was my favorite game when we were kids! I used an egg crate and tiny pebbles.

  38. How funny! We just made one of these! Thx for linking it up at the Thoughtful Spot!

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