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Let’s Play the African Achi Game!

Some of the oldest games, dating back over 3,500 years, are in a group called games of alignment. Tic-tac-toe is one of the most popular of these games in the United States, but in Ghana, the children play Achi. In this project, make a felt game board and play the African Achi Game!

African Achi Game

Supply list:

Two different colors of felt
Hot glue gun
Checker pieces or rocks

African Achi Game


Step 1. Cut out a 10″ square from the darker felt.

African Achi Game

Step 2. Next, cut a 8″ square from the lighter felt.

African Achi Game

Step 3. Hot glue the felt pieces together.

African Achi Game

Step 4. Then cut a 6″ square from the darker felt.

African Achi Game

Step 5. Draw 4 lines on the 8″ piece of felt, two lines horizontal and vertical, then two lines diagonally.

African Achi Game

Step 6. Cut the 6″ square into four smaller squares and those squares into 8 triangles.

African Achi Game

Step 7. Glue the triangles in between the lines on the 8″ square with the hot glue gun.

African Achi Game

Step 8. Wait for the glue to dry and then use checker pieces or rocks to play! Our daughters from Ethiopia loved playing this game. Anything related to Africa is a hit!

African Achi Game

African Achi Game

How to play African Achi Game:

Achi is a two-player game. Each player needs four game pieces in a color that contrasts with the other player’s game pieces. Two different dried beans, like red kidney and white Great Northern, work well; alternatively, use pennies and dimes. The object of the game is to be the first player to align three pieces in a row.

1. Draw lots to see who goes first.
2. Players take turns putting playing pieces on any line intersection.
3. The game moves into its second stage after all pieces have been played and no one has three in a row. Players now take turns moving one of their pieces along a line to an empty spot. No jumping allowed.
4. The first player to get three in a row wins. The row can be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.

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