Games from Around the World

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This lesson (on pages 46-55 of PDF) features two strategy board games -- one from Ghana and one from China. The first game, Achi, is a cross between checkers and tic-tac-toe. After pieces are placed on the board, you can move pieces around, but getting three in a row is still your goal. The other game, Banqi, has similarities to the board game Stratego. Pieces move around a board, and stronger pieces are able to capture weaker pieces. The exception is that the weakest piece is able to capture the strongest piece. Printable boards and playing pieces as well as rules are included. The lesson also suggests Mancala as an excellent extension.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per student)

  • Materials to photocopy: Student Procedure sheets and Game Boards
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Optional: two different colored games pieces (checkers pieces work well)


  • Mathematics
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access