Congklak board game – Apollinaire

In bali we met the loveliest lady. Her name is Silvia and she taught us so much – how to dance, weave and how to play a traditional Indonesian board game called Congklak.

Congklak is really fun to play and the minimum amount of players is three. Congklak is a sort of maths game where you add numbers together and someone else finds the answer. You will need a wooden Congklak board, or you could make your own colourful 2D board by using cardboard or even paper. There was a boy called Kai and a girl called Raven who wanted to join in and play Congklak with Silva, Capucine and I. They were both very nice and Kai kept beating me all the time!

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Here are instructions on how to play:

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In the instructions, I have used addition but you could also try subtraction, division or even multiplication if you are up for a challenge. I have really enjoyed playing and discovering Congklak. I have a board game at home called Mancala which is played around the world but mainly in Africa which has a very similar board as Congklak but it is completely different in terms of rules. I would definitely recommend Congklak for children and adults and I am hoping to learn new games that people play from all over the world.

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