Do-It-Yourself: Egg Carton Mancala
I was recently interested in learning how to play Wari which is a West African game from the Mancala family. There are a ton of buying options out there, but I wanted to play a few games before purchasing a set.
I came across a mention of using an empty egg carton and 48 pieces of whatever you can find.
You would need to fit at least 4 pieces in each cup for the initial setup. Coins, coffee beans, rocks or buttons would work. I happened to have a bunch of wooden tokens that fit perfectly. Although it wouldn’t replace getting a nice set, it worked out pretty well for trial purposes.