Board games are a great way for children and adults to develop social skills, improve family relationships and reduce screen time–a need felt by many in our ever more technologically dependent lives. Health benefits include increased memory skills, reaction time, cognitive ability and reduced stress.
Mancala is one of the oldest known board games and was believed to be played by the Pharaohs of Egypt according to archaeologists. The “board” was the ground and the game involved capturing as many stones or seeds from your opponent in one of two rows of holes dug into the ground. Every player began with 24 stones or seeds. Whichever player ended up with the most seeds in his or her hole won the game.