It's #toytuesday and mancala is one of my favorite toys for kids and adults! It's great for fine motor (hello in-hand translation skills!) and it's a motivating way to work on strategy and logic (what's up - executive functions?!). Mancala is also featured in my favorite movie "I Heart Huckabees" when the existential detectives host a mancala hour (can I plz have an invite?).
It's the simplicity of mancala that makes it fun to play. Once you get the hang of it, Mancala can have an almost meditative quality because of the repetition and predictability.