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Diaspora Minute: DIY Mancala in Less Than 5 Minutes

Some of my favorites memories are of the time that my grandmother spent living with our family before she moved back to Liberia always start with me watching her play Mancala. When she returned to Liberia, she actually took my Mancala with her, and I literally JUST got it back a few weeks ago, ha!

If you have ever tried to purchase a Mancala set you know that they can be kind of pricey. The Mancala that I got as a gift from Ghana while in high school is still one of my favorite gifts, but it cost more than I care to admit. With that in mind, we are going to show you how to create this game in your home for a fraction of the cost, for less than $5 to be exact…

How to Make Mancala at Home

Materials Needed:

  • Empty egg carton (cartons that hold one dozen eggs)
  • 2 cups
  • 48 dry uncooked beans, jelly beans or marbles to use as game pieces
  • Scissors

Making the Board*:

Step 1: Cut the top off the egg carton so that only the part of the carton that has the “egg dimple” remains.

Photo Credit: Domestic Charm

Step 2: Place four game pieces in each of the egg dimples and place a cup at each end of the egg carton.

Photo Credit: One

*If you have more time and would like to turn this into an arts & crafts project, you can use paint or markers to design the egg cartons.

How to Play

If you have never played Mancala before, no worries, we’ve created simple, kid-friendly instructions that you can download and/or print HERE.

We hope that you enjoy playing Mancala with your family. If you have played the game, we would love to hear about your #MancalaMemories, so be sure to share them in the comments.


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