Learning and playing board games is a great way to learn about a culture. Teaching board games for kids is a great way to become familiar with the culture and language of people around the world. It can form the basis of a social studies project. When children learn the rules and strategies of a new game, they, too, are exposed to a different culture. Playing board games is a great way to learn social skills like being fair and being able to cooperate with each other. Board games vary in complexity. Here are some simple rules like Tiger and Goat, Shisima, Pluck, and Jute that come from India, Kenya, Guatemala, and Korea respectively. Others involve a significant amount of strategy, such as chess and the choice of teens.
This is the oldest popular board game in the world. The Senate Board consists of 30 squares representing the 30 days of Thoth in the first month of the ancient Egyptian calendar year. More than fifty senate boards have been found next to the tombs of the ancient Egyptians, which were also used as game pieces and tables. Mankala is an example of a board game that is played widely throughout the world. Mankala originated in Africa and spread to the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia through Arab trade. It was also trafficked to Brazil and the Caribbean. You can see from the ancient farming societies the fact that players planted counters or seeds in two, three, or four rows of holes in the Mankala board. A board is usually a piece of wood with holes, but it is also played in holes lost in the ground.
There are several variations and names for the Mankala rule.
These boards can be made with simple tools and materials, in most cases a pencil, a ruler and paper will suffice. Larger constructions may include switches on a fabric board or a carpentry project to make mankala boards by carving holes in the wooden boards. It is recommended that your students start a sports club. Have them research sports on the web, find game rules, make some different boards, and play. Every month you can focus on a different region of the world. Each club member could research a game, create game boards and pieces, and then present the game to other club members. The club can be started at minimal cost. Learn the rules, do the board and have fun!