# Stella Ella Ola

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

## The game

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.

### Alberta

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!

 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

 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

 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

 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 Brampton, ON Stella ella ola, quack quack quack Say yes chico chico, chico chico chat Yes chico chico, blow, blow, blow your nose! 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 from Kemptville, 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, nine, 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

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

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

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

Version from Chicago, IL

Crocodile omar, quack quack quack
Dancin' the chico, chico chico chack
Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow
One, two, three, four, five!

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

 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! The Emma from Brooklyn Version Quack diddly oso, quack quack quack Senorita, your mamma smell like pizza, fedora, fedora I kick you out the door-a sayin 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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"Version from Minneapolis, MN"

```Obo shenaughten taughten, nay nay I am boom boom boom. Itty Bitty Oten taughten, Obo shenaughten taughten, Obo shenaughten taughten. Boom 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, TEN!
```

"Version from Ann Arbor, Michigan

La rum macaroni tia terra,
La rum macaroni tia terra,
Terra terra ti ti ti,
terra terra ti ti ti,
1, 2, 3.

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## Philippines

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

Version from Israel

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

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!!