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Charles Zheng
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I'm teaching a class on abstract games to 12-18 year olds. I will separate the class into two teams, and the teams will play against each other.

I would like to know which Mancala variant would be the most suitable for educational purposes, with simple rules, fewer game pieces, and quick gameplay. I will be using Google Slides to implement the game board, so I have to drag-and-drop all the game pieces.

Thanks!
 
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Markus Hagenauer jr.
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I´d say Kalah would be a good choice.
 
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christian freeling
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snarles wrote:
I'm teaching a class on abstract games to 12-18 year olds. I will separate the class into two teams, and the teams will play against each other.

I would like to know which Mancala variant would be the most suitable for educational purposes, with simple rules, fewer game pieces, and quick gameplay. I will be using Google Slides to implement the game board, so I have to drag-and-drop all the game pieces.

Thanks!

How about MiniMancala?
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Rey Alicea
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Cups seems simple enough.
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Carlos Luna
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reyalicea wrote:
Cups seems simple enough.


This is exactly what I was about to propose.
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Bernard Hopkins
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Markus Hagenauer wrote:
I´d say Kalah would be a good choice.


+1

My 5 year old daughter and I constantly play Kalah. She calls it stones. I've just recently noticed we've been playing a rule wrong for the past year. We haven't been putting the capturing stone into the pot with the captured pieces. Doh! Great game for children, they especially like getting an extra turn.
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Darren Mac
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I've done Oware with my grade eight Math classes. Went great! I brought in an actual Oware board, from Ivory Coast, with the seed pods. We put an app on the main screen to show examples.

Then I handed them a photocopy divided up to look like an Oware board (even I could make that! ), and we used multi-link cubes as the pieces. Oware is also nice because although it is competitive, you are required to seed your opponent if they are in need. It opens up a discussion about how society can shape games, making them truly 'traditional' in every sense.

We did something similar in the year with Lines of Action (I made them show their proposed move to their partner ahead of time to verify) and Tablut.

The one that worked the best was Hex. I believe someone on the geek put four playing boards on a sheet to photocopy (check the files there), and you can print and go.

Let us know how this goes! I would love to hear your selections (as well as greedily learn from your experiences )
 
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Charles Zheng
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christianF wrote:
How about MiniMancala?


Cool, I think I will use it.
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