Board Games & Card Games : How to Play Beads

Board Games & Card Games : How to Play Beads


Hi, my name is Windy and this is how to play
the African bead game it’s also known as Mancala.
It also goes by various other names. It’s
one of the worlds oldest games, originally
played with just pits dug into mud and stones
used to go into the pits. Each person faces
the board, it’s a two player game and they
have six bucket/baskets in front of them and
a point basket to their right. So each persons
point basket is always on the right. You start
off with four stones per basket, per smaller
basket. An easier game version for children
who are learning to count and this is an excellent
game to learn to count, is to play it with
only three per which makes a shorter game.
So the rules are fairly simple, you pick a
cup on your side and you pick anyone that
you want and then you drop them sequentially,
you drop the stones sequentially into the
baskets. The point is to try to get as many
of the stones to end, to end up in your basket.
You don’t need to end your turn in your basket
for you to get points. The points that you’ll
get at the end of the game are the beads that
are in your point basket at the end of the
game. The strategy is that if you end your
turn by placing a stone in your point basket,
then you get to go again. So you want to do
that as much as possible. You go, the play
continues counter clockwise around the board.
If you had beads and you go past your opponents
point basket, you don’t drop a bead in their
point basket you just skip it and keep going.
The smaller baskets don’t belong to anyone,
only the point baskets belong to the players.
The rest of the stones are held in common.
So the two strategies are to end, to count
the stones so that you know that when you’re
done you’ll end in your point basket or to
end in such a way that the last stone placed
is in an empty basket across from a full basket,
because if you, last stone that you play on
your turn is an empty basket across from a
full basket you get to take all the beads
across from it and put them all into your
point basket. Play continuous until all the
beads have ended up on the ends of the boards
in either players point basket. Then you count
up the stones and see who whoever has most,
they win. And that’s how you play Mancala
or African beads.

51 thoughts on “Board Games & Card Games : How to Play Beads”

  1. thanks, this sorta help. ya see,
    i got this game thingie
    with a bunch of games, including
    mancala. and the instruction
    manual is so confusing,
    so i needed to watch someone play
    to learn how since i'm a
    visual learner, so this helped.
    TTTHHAANNNKKSS(((:::

  2. turn off the captions u dnt know how to turn them off the arrow pointing up to ur right click it then click where it says cc and it turns off the captions

  3. Do an expert village on how to play go, i kinda got the basics but its way older then mancala, played by chinese emperors

  4. You guys do realize that you can turn captions off, right? Bottom right corner of the board. The real fails are all of your powers of perception.

  5. I'll say right now this tutorial did help me in learning Mancala as someone whose never heard of the game before. Second, it's really hard to explain an entire game to someone who is new to the game since this was all from memory and without a script.

    So Kudos to you. 🙂

  6. check out my brother's creative video on Mancala: search for "Double Cross Episode 1 – Mancala"

    favorite it if you like it!

  7. @ICutStuff1 Also, you can put transcription wherever you want on the screen. You said that very well, Youtube viewers are only fail on the internets 😉

  8. you have to get it in your side any basket u want as long as it is in your side then you keep going around till you stop with your last stone where you stop is where you have to get all the stones i that basket but you good only put it in long basket not your aponents basket so you skip his and if you stop in and empty basket its the others persons turn

  9. I don't play exactly like this but there's different ways to play games.I find that different people play games like Uno very differently.Me and my friends have a version we invented ourselves.

  10. In traditional Mancala, the point baskets closest to you, are yours, and the ones on the other side of the board, are your opponents. You may not TAKE stones from your opponents "baskets," only add to them.

  11. hi wendy thank you for the very informative video my nephew and i thank you one question if you end in an empty basket and there is only 2 or 3 stones in it other than full do we get to take them or does it have to be full

  12. LOL it would be much more helpful if the captioning didn't cover the game! OMG that is too funny. Not very helpful when you can't see what she is doing. 😉

  13. Mancala rules app provides all what you need to know about mancala game now available for android phones and tablets!

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=top.mancala.rules

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