This Oware (mancala) game consists of a folding rectangular hand-carved board, 48 grey/green tear seeds, and playing instructions. The board is the carrying case, so you don't need a bag - it is all self-contained. The Osese wood has 14 carved pits - the two on the ends are for holding pieces that have been won. Connected with 2 hinges, and stained on the inside and outside with walnut brown stain. An elephant design is carved on the outside of the board. Purchased and imported using fair-trade practices. Play this African game with an authentic African board! Oware is a wonderful, ancient board game that tests strategy and mathematical skill. Children in Africa have played this game for centuries, and adults spend hours and hours picking up and dropping stones into the board's 14 pits, socializing as they play. The game can be played non-strategically by young children not even able to count, so recommended age is 4+ (small parts not recommended for children under 4). As children learn basic arithmetic this game will improve their skill and train them to think before acting. Approximate size when open: Length 24"; Width 5.5"; Height 1". Size when closed: 12"x5.5"x2"
* Hand crafted in Africa by village cultural artisans supported by the non-profit Africa Heartwood Project .