Stella Ella Ola

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"Stella Ella Ola" is a clapping game played by two or more people in a circle.

The game[edit]

Standing or sitting in a circle, two or more participants place their right hands over their neighbour's left hands and sing the song. Every beat, a person claps their right hand onto the right hand of the person sitting on their left, who then claps their hand to their neighbour's hand, until the song reaches a certain number, at which point if the person's hand is slapped, they are considered "out" and must stand or sit in the center of the circle, unless they pull their hand away fast enough. (In this case, the person who was trying to slap their hand is out.) Counting to ten also works. When there are enough people in the center of the circle to start a new game, they do so, creating a nesting effect as the internal circles get smaller and smaller.

Since this is a very common game, many different rules exist depending on the conventions of its players. Some variations have the "out" person leave the circle and as the numbers decrease, the circle shrinks, until only two people are left. The last two then have a thumb war. The person who wins that round is declared the winner of the entire game. In Saskatoon the last two people will continue without a thumb-war. In some places, the last two remaining players play a modified game. One person slaps both their hands down, while the other slaps their hands up. They continue to alternate until the final count, where the person whose hands are on the bottom is out. In other versions, the person who got out in the final 3 will stand up and turn around. Then the final two will hold hands and alternate positions. At the end, the person who is turned around will say either top or bottom. The persons hand who is in that position wins. Another version is that the two final players grab each other's right hand just by the fingers and then hold their left hands out to the side. They move their linked right hands from side to side, hitting a left hand on each count. On the last count, if that left hand is hit, that child is out. If that child pulls their hand away, the other loses. In another version the final two hold hands, sing the song and after 5!, they try to pull the other person over a line, tug of war style.

Canadian Versions[edit]

Alberta[edit]

Version from Edmonton, AB

Stella stella ola, clack clack clack
Singin' es chica chica, chico chico chak chak
Singin' es chico chico, velo, velo, velo velo velova
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight!

Version from Edmonton, AB

Stella, ella ola, chap, chap chap
Singin' es chigo chigo, chigo chigo chicken crap.
Es chigo chigo, bologna, bologna, and purple flying ponies!
Singing one, two, three, four, five, six, seven eight, nine ten!

Version from St. Albert, AB

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Singin' es chico chico, chico chico cracker jacker
Es chico chico, bologna, bologna, with cheesy macaroni
Singin' one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

Version #1 from Calgary, Alberta

Stella ella ola, tap tap tap
Singin' es teego teego, teego teego tap tap
Es teego teego, velo, velo, velo velo velova
One, two, three, four, FIVE!


Version #2 from Calgary, Alberta

Stella ella ola, tap tap tap
Singin' es teego teego, teego teego tap tap
Es teego teego, velo, velo, velo velo velo
Va, one, two, three, four, FIVE!

Version #3 from Calgary, Alberta

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap,
Singin' es teego teego, teego teego tap tap
Es teego teego, baloney, baloney, cheese and macaroni
One, two, three, four, five!

Version from Strathmore, Alberta

Stella ella ola, tap tap tap
Singing es teego teego, teego teego tap tap
Es teego teego bologna, bologna, with cheesy macaroni
Singing one, two, three, four, five!

Saskatchewan[edit]

Version from Regina

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Singin es chico chico, chico chico chap
Say hello, hello, I gotta blow my nose
Fire one, two, three, four, five!

Version From Saskatoon

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Say yes chico chico, chico chico chap
Say yes chico chico, allo, allo, allo allo allo
Say one, two, three, four, FIVE!

Version from Yorkton, Saskatchewan

Stella ella ola, clap, clap, clap
Say yes chico chico, chico chico chack
Say yes chico chico, allo, allo, allo allo allo
Saying one, two, three, four, five!

British Columbia[edit]

Version from Vancouver, BC

Stella stella ola, clap clap clap
singing es chica chica, chica chica chap
singing es chica chica, balogna, balogna, with cheesey macaroni
Fire one, two, three, four, five! - Originated from Founder Markus McRurie

Version from Abbotsford, BC

Stella stella ola, clap clap clap
Sing an es trigga trigga, trigga trigga clap
Sing an es trigga trigga, baloney, baloney, cheese and macaroni
Fire one, two, three, four, five!

Version from the Okanagan

Stella stella ola, clap clap clap
Singin es chiga chiga, chiga chiga clap
Es chiga chiga, baloney, baloney, cheese and macaroni
Fire, one, two, three, four, five!

Version from Pitt Meadows, BC - Pitt Meadows Elementary School

Stella stella old Dutch, quack quack quack
Singing es chigga chigga, chigga chigga chack
Singing es chigga chigga, velo, velo, velo velo velova
One, two, three, four, FIVE!

Version from Maple Ridge, BC

Stella stella ola, clap clap clap
Singing yes chica chica, chica chica chat
Say yes chica chica, bologna, bologna, cheese and macaroni
Fire one, two, three, four, FIVE!

Version from Kitimat, BC

Stella stella ola, clap clap clap
Singing es chico chico, chico chico chat
Singing es chico chico, fl-ow, fl-ow, fl-ow fl-ow fl-ow
Fire one, two, three, four, five!

Version from Richmond, BC

Stella stella ola, clap clap clap
Say yes chica chica, chica chica cha
Say yes chica chica, bologna, bologna, cheese and macaroni
Fire! One, two, three, four, five!

Version from Port Coquitlam, BC

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Singin es jigga jigga, jigga jigga Jack
Singin es jigga jigga, below, below, below below below
Fire! One, two, three, four, five!

Version #1 From Victoria, BC

Stella stella ola, clap clap clap
Singin es cheeka cheeka, cheeka cheeka check
Singing es cheeka cheeka, below below below, below below below
Singing one, two, three, four, five

Version #2 from Victoria, BC

Stella stella ola, clap clap clap
Singin' es cheeka cheeka, cheeka cheeka shark attack
Singin' es cheeka cheeka, bologna, bologna, with cheesy macaroni
Fire one, two, three, four, FIVE!

Version From Vernon, BC

Stella stella ola, clap clap clap
Singing es chigga chigga, chigga chigga chap
Singing es chigga chigga, bologna, bologna, cheesy macaroni
Fire! One, two, three, four, five!

Manitoba[edit]

Version #1 from Winnipeg, MB

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Singing es chico chico, chico chico flaperjacker
Es chico chico, bologna, bologna, with cheese and macaroni
So one, two, three, four five!

Version #2 from Winnipeg, MB

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Singing es chico, chico, chico chico crackerjack
Es chico chico, b-low, b-low, I got to blow my nose
So one, two, three, four, five

Version #3 from Winnipeg, MB - Dalhousie Elementary School

Stella ella ola, clap, clap, clap
Singing es chico chico, chico chico crackerjack
Es chico chico, f-low, f-low, f-low f-low f-low
So one, two, three, four, five

Version from Blumenort, MB c. 1990

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Singing es chigo chigo, chigo chigo crackerjack
Es chigo chigo, hello, hello, I gotta blow my nose
So one, two, three, four, five!

Version from Snow Lake, Manitoba

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Singing es chico chico, chico chico crackerjack
Es chico chico, elo, elo, I've really gotta go
Sing one two three four five

Ontario[edit]

Version from Brantford, ON

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Say s chigo chigo, chigo chigo chap
Say s chigo chigo, blow, blow, blow your dirty nose
Say one, two, three, four, five!

Version from Cambridge, ON

Stella ella ola, chop chop chop
With an es tigo tigo, tigo tigo chop chop
Es tigo tigo, b-low, b-low, blow your snotty nose
Singin' one, two, three, four, five!

Version from Fenelon Falls, ON

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Say es chigo chigo, chigo chigo chap
Say es chigo chigo, go blow, go blow, go blow your dirty nose!
Say one, two, three, four, five!

Version from Kawartha Lakes, ON

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Say es chico chico, chico chico chak
Say es chico chico, velo, velo, velo velo velo
Say one, two, three, four, five!

Version from Kitchener, ON

Stella ella ola, chop chop chop
Sing es tigo tigo, tigo tigo chop chop
Es tigo ti-go below, below, the toilet over flowed
Say one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

Version from London, ON

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Saying es chico chico, chico chico chap chap
Es chico chico, blow blow, blow your nose in cheerios
Saying one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

Version From Mississauga, ON

Stella ella ola, quack quack quack
Say yes chico chico, chico chico chat chat
Yes chico chico, fell-o, fell-o, the toilet over flows
So one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

Version from Ottawa, ON

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Say yes chico chico, chico chico chap
Say yes chico chico, my love, my love, my love my love my love!
Say one, two, three, four, five!

Version from Toronto, ON

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Say es chico chico, chico chico chat chat
Say es chico chico, below, below, the toilet over flowed
Say one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

'Version from Windsor, ON (LaSalle)

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Singing es chigo chigo, chigo chigo chop chop
Es chigo chigo, valo, valo, valo valo valo
Pow! One, two, three, four, FIVE!

Version from Waterloo, ON

Stella ella ola, chop chop chop
Singin, es tigo tigo, tigo tigo chop chop
Es tigo ti-go, valo, valo, valo valo valo
Singing uno, dos, tres, quatro, cinco! Oooh!

Version fromKemptville, ON

Stella ella olla, clap, clap, clap,
Say yes Chico Chico, chico chico chap
Say yes Chico Chico aloha aloha a toilet over flow-a
Say one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nin, ten!

Version from Oshawa, ON

Stella ella olla, clap clap clap
Sayin' es chigo chigo, chigo chigo chap chap
Es chigo chigo, bl-ow, bl-ow, blow Your {InsertName} nose!
Sayin' one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

Yukon[edit]

Version from Whitehorse, Yukon

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Say a yes chico chico, chico chico chap
Say a yes chico chico, aloa, aloa, the toilet over flowa
Say a one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

Quebec[edit]

Version from Montreal, Quebec

Stella ella ola, quack quack quack
Say a yes chico chico, chico chico chack
Say a yes chico chico, valora, valora, valo valo valo-ra
Say a 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10!

Nova Scotia[edit]

Version from Halifax, Nova Scotia
Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Say yes chigga chigga, chigga chigga chap
Say yes chigga chigga, flow, flow, flow flow flow
Say 1 2 3 4 5!

The above version is also used in Prince Edward Island

Version # 2 from Halifax, NS
Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Singin' es teega teega, teega teega shack shack
Es teega teega, velo, velo, velo velo velova
One, two, three, four, five (alive)!

American Versions[edit]

Version from America

Stella ella ola, alo alo
Say yes chigo chigo, chigo chigo cack chack
Es chigo chigo, vallo, vallo, vallo vallo vallo, the toilet over flowed
So one, two, three, four, five

Version from Lafayette, OH

Stella ella ola, meeola meeola
Eye chookie chico, chookie chookie chunk
Stella ella ola, meeola meeola
Eye chookie chico, mooshie mooshie mush,
So one, two, three, four, five!

Version from West Virginia

Alligator, alligator, chomp chomp chomp
Listen to the rhythm of the changa changa chop.
Fa-la, fa-la, fa-la fa-la fa-la, fa-la!
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

Version from Michigan

Crocodile oh my, croc croc croc
Stacey majaka, jaka jaka jock
Oh, oh, you're too slow
One, two, three four, five, you're out!

Version from Kalamazoo, MI

Crocodile, oh my croc croc croc
Stacy Majiga, jiga jiga jock
Fa-low...fa-low...fa-low, fa-low, fa-low
Ohhh, one, two, three, four, five!

Version from Bismarck, ND

Quack diddly oso, quack quack quack
Santo rico, rico rico rico, floor, floor, (floor by floor by floor)
One, two, three, four

Version #1 from Richmond, VA

Quack diddily oso, quack quack quack
Señorita, rita rita rita, aloha, aloha, cherry pepsi cola
And a one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

Version #2 from Richmond, VA

Stella ella ola, quack quack quack
Singin' es tiga tiga, tiga tiga jack jack!
Es tiga tiga, valo, valo, valo valo valova
One, two, three, four, five, you're OUT!

Version from Pittsfield, MA

La rum macaroni tia terra, la rum
a terra terra ti ti tia, terra terra ti ti tia
One, two, three!

Version from Belmont, MA

Ella stella ooh ga, shack shack shack
With an es tigo tigo, tigo tigo shack shack
Es tigo tigo, fallow, fallow, fallow fallow fallow-va
One, two, three, four, five!

Version from Boston, MA

Quack a dilly oh my, quack quack quack
Say cinco cinco, cinco cinco sack
Follow follow, follow follow follow
One, two, three, four, five
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten

"'Version from Newton, MA'"

Crocadilly oh my, croc croc croc
Say cinco cinco, cinco cinco sockalocka
Follow follow, stick your head in jello, your face is turning yellow
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten

Version from Medway, MA

Crocadiley oh my, croc croc croc
Say to the cheeco, cheeco cheeco cuck-a-lucka
Follow, follow, stick you head in jello, your face is turning yellow
Eat a marshmallow, dye your hair yellow
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten

Version from Amherst, MA

Quackadilly oh my, Quack Quack Quack
Say cinco cinco, cinco cinco sockalaca
Follow, follow, stick your head in jello, your face is turning yellow
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten

Version from Des Moines, IA

Raw macaroni tia terra
Badda rum, badda rum
Tia terra ti ti ti, tia terra ti ti ti
One, two, three!

Version from Chesterton, Indiana

Stella ella ola, quack quack quack
Say yes chica chica, chica chica check
Say yes chica chica, love, love, love love love
One, two, three, four, five!

Version from Nashua, NH

Crocadilly oh so, croc, croc, croc
Dance to the triga, triga, triga, trot
Velo, velo, velo velo velo, vel-o
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8!

Version from Pittsburgh, PA

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
With an es chica chica, chica chica slapjack
Go! slow! go slow! go slow!
One, two, three, four, out!

Version from Philadelphia, PA

Slap dilly oso, slap slap slap
To san-Rita, rita rita rita, allure allure allure allure allure a lura lura lura lura
One, two, three, four!

Version from New Jersey

The dilly dally duck goes quack quack quack
From San Arena, rinna rinna rinna, four up four up
One two three four quack!

Version from Tucson, AZ

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Say yes chico chico, chico chico chap
Say yes chico chico, aloa, aloa, aloa loa loa
Say one, two, three, four, five!

Version from Wisconsin

Crocodile moray, croc croc croc
Ey cinco cino, cinco cinco soc soc
Ey cinco cino, malo, malo, malo malo malo!
One, two, three, four!

Version from Washington (U.S. state)

Quack diddly oso, quack quack quack
Singing sam-arico, rico rico rico, flora, flora, flora flora flora
One two three four!

Version from Bay City, MI

Stella ella ola, quack quack quack
Es chica chica, chica chica chack-oh,
Es chica chica, love, love, love love love love
One, two, three, four, five!

Version from Grand Rapids, MI

Son Macaron, son Ferion, Marion, Marion,
Leah, Leah, tip tip tip, Leah, Leah, tap tap tap,
One beat, two beat, three beat, Catch!

Version from Portland, ME

Quack diddly oso, quack quack quack
santa rico, rico rico rico, galore, galore, galore galore galore galore
One two three four

Version from Old Town, ME

Clap dillioso, clap clap clap
Sing celerica, rica rica rica, velour, velour, velour velour velour velour
One two three four

Version from San Carlos, CA

Quack didily oso, quack quack quack
Say sam-a-rico, rico rico pizza, delore, delore, delore delore delore!
One, two, three, four!

Version from Denver, CO

Stella ella olla, quack quack quack
singin' es tiga tiga
tiga tiga tap tap
es tiga tiga
valo valo valo valo valo fire 1-2-3-4-5!

Version from Iowa

Quack diddely esta, quack quack quack
Boom señorita, rita rita rita, la bora, la bora, la bora bora bora
One, two, three, four, you're out!

Version from Minneapolis, MN

Obo shenaughten taughten, nay nay I am boom boom boom
Itty bitty aughten taughten, obo shenaughten taughten
Obo shenaughten taughten
Boom one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

Version from Iowa

Quack diddly esta, quack quack quack
Boom señorita, rita rita rita, lavora, lavora, lavora vora vora
One, two, three, four!

Version from Greensboro, North Carolina

Stell stell hola, quack quack quack
Singin' es ching-a ching, a-ching a-ching a-chack
Singin' es ching-a ching-a, flow, flow, flow flow flow
Sing a one, two, three, four, five!

Version from Petoskey, MI

Slap diddly oso, slap slap slap
Santorico, rico, rico, rico, alert, alert, red alert
One, two, three, four

Version from O'Fallon, IL

Slap dilly oso, slap slap slap
Tallareeka, reeka, reeka, reeka, fellow, fellow, fellow, fellow, fellow
FEL-low, one, two, three, FOUR

New York[edit]

Version from Huntington, Long Island, NY

Quack dilly oso, quack quack quack
From San Diego, eggo eggo eggo, dalora, dalora, potatas on the floora
So one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

Version from Centereach, Long Island, NY

Quack diddily oso, quack quack quack
From centerico, rico rico rico, dalore, dalore, potatoes on the floor dalore!
One, two, three, four!

Version from Hartsdale, NY

Quack diddily oso, qua-a-ack
Oh señorita, your mama smells like pizza, I know, I know, I know I know I know
One! Two! Three! Four! (I declare a thumb war)

  • Part in parenthesis is used if only two players are left.

Version from Camp Mack

Stella ella ola, tap tap tap
Singing es chigo chigo, chigo chigo cracker jacker
Es chigo chigo, fa-low, fa-low, forgot to blow my nose
Fire one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten

Version from Academy of American Studies, NY

Quack a dilly oso, quack quack quack
Señorita, your mother smells like pizza, fellow, fellow, fellow fellow fellow
Hit it one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine...ten!

Version from Bronxville, NY

Quacka didly oso, quack quack quack
Señorita, your mama smells like pizza, delora delora, I'll kick you out the door-a
Singin' one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

Version from #1 Orange County, NY

Quack diddly oso, quack quack quack
Señorita, rita rita rita, dolor, dolor, dolor dolor dolor, dolor
One, two, three, four!

Version from #2 Orange County, NY

Quack dilly oso, quack Quack Quack
Señorita, rita rita rita, valor, valor, the cat peed on the floor
Valor one, two ,three ,four

Version from Lower East Side, Manhattan

Quack didi oso, quack quack quack,
Señorita, your mama smell like pizza, kick it to your teacher, velo, velo, I'll kick you out the door, velo
Hit it! One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

Version from Bronx, NY

Quack diddly oso, quack quack quack
Señorita, your mama smells like pizza, so give to your teacher
Flow, flow, potatoes on the floor
Give me one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

Version from Ridgewood, NY

Quack didi Oso, quack quack quack
Señorita, your mother smells like pizza, velo, velo, velo velo velo
Hit it! One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

Version from Stuyvesant Town, NY

Quack diddly oso, quack quack quack, (hit it!)
Señorita, your mother smell like pizza, fellow, fellow, I'll kick you out the door
Fellow one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

Version from Queens, NY

Quack-a-dilly oso, quack quack quack
Señorita, your mother smells like pizza, felor, felor, potatoes on the floor
Say one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!

Version from Brooklyn, NY

Quack a dilly oso, quack quack quaaack
Saint Theresa, your mother smell like pizza, so give it to your teacher, fellow fellow fellow, fellow fellow fellow
Hit it! One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, TEN!

Version from Buffalo, NY

Quack-a-dilly oh my, quack quack quack
Dancing Katrina, trickle trickle track
Fellow, fellow, stick your head in Jell-O
Fellow! One, two, three, four, five!

Version from Great Neck, NY

A quack a dilly osos, quack quack quack
From señorita, rita rita rite
V'lor, v'lor, I threw up on the kitchen floor
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, TEN!

Version #1 from Rochester, NY

Quack a dilly ohma, quack quack quack
Hey chico chico, chico chico chack
Say follow, follow, stick your head in jello
And, one, two, three, four! (I declare a thumb war!)
(Kiss, bow, touch, fight!)

  • Parts in parenthesis are used when only two players are left. During the thumb war, players use their thumbs to mimic each action stated before beginning the thumb war at the word "fight!"

Version #2 from Rochester, NY

Croc a dilly oma, croc croc croc
Hey chico chico, chico chico chock
Say follow, follow, stick your butt in yellow jello
One, two, three!

Version from Staten Island, NY

Quack a dilly oso, quack quack quack
Señorita, your momma smells like pizza, dalor, dalor, I'll kick you out the door
On one, two, three, four, five, six seven, eight, nine...TEN!

"Version from Riverdale

Quack a dilly oso quack quack quack
seniority your mama smells like pizza
belora belora i'll kick you out the doora
saying 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10!

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Philippines[edit]

Version from Manila, Philippines

Quack diddly oso, so so so
Santo Rico, rico rico rico
Falor, falor, falor falor falor, falor!
One, two, three, four!

Israel[edit]

Version from Israel

Video of a game on YouTube.

A Qua Qua De La Oma
Qua Qua Qua Qua Qua Qua
Desi Matriko, Aba Sh'cha Kofiko
Eema Sh'cha Hippopotam, Ve'Ata Chamor Katan!
Va'Lo, Va'Ken, Tzoleh'ah Oo'Misken, Zaken -
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!

Another version with clearly perverted French numbers):

A Qua Qua De La Oma
Qua Qua Qua
Desi Matriko
Triko Triko tra
Va'Lo, Va'Lo, Va'Lo, Va'Lo, Va'Lo
Vaaaaaaaaaa-la,
1,2,3,4,5!

Qatar[edit]

Version from Doha, Qatar

Stella Ella Ola,
Crack Crack Crack,
Singing Ess Tiga Tiga,
Tiga Tiga Snack Snack,
Ess Tiga Tiga,
Hello, Hello, Hello you little monkey,
1, 2, 3, 4, 5!!