Stella Ella Ola

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"Stella Ella Ola" is a clapping game where players stand or sit in a circle placing one hand over her or his neighbour's closer hand and sing the song. On every beat, a person claps their higher hand onto the touching person's palm. The cycle continues until the song ends 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, or leave the circle and watch from the edges.

If the player to be slapped pulls her or his hand away fast enough, the person who attempted to slap the hand is out.


Stella Ella Ola
Clap Clap Clap
Sing an es Chigga Chigga
Chigga Chigga Chap
Sing an es Chigga Chigga
Love, Love, Love, Love, Love, Love
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Regional Versions[edit]

A variant common in the tri-state area[disambiguation needed]:

Dilly dally duck goes quack, quack, quack
From San Marina, rina, rina, rina
Four up, four up
1, 2 ,3, 4, quack!

Kawartha Lakes, Ontario:

Stella Ella ola
clap clap clap
say es chigo chigo
chigo chigo chap
say es chigo chigo b-low-a b-low-a
b-low your dirty nose
say 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 [1]


Stella Ella ola
clap clap clap
say yes chigo chigo
chigo chigo chunks
say es chigo chigo b-low-a b-low-a
b-low your dirty nose
say 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!

Vancouver, British Columbia:

Stella Stella ola clap clap clap
say yes chigga chigga chigga chigga chap,
say yes chigga chigga baloney, baloney, with cheese and macaroni fire 1,2,3,4,5!


Stella Ella Ola
clap clap clap
singing ess chiko chik-o
chiko chiko cracker jacker
ess chiko chik-o
baloney, baloney
with cheese and macaroni!
so 1, 2, 3, 4, 5!

Western New York:

Quack a dilly oh my
quack quack quack
Dancing Katrina
Trickle, trickle, track
Velo, velo, velo, velo, ve-lo
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Eastern New York:

Quack a dilly oh so
quack quack quack
Senorita your mama smells like pizza
Galore Galore
Potatoes on the kitchen floor
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Rural Ontario (Canada) variant from the early 1980s could be sung in French or English. The French version usually counted to five, and the younger children's English version was similar. For elder children, in both language versions, the game required four steps: The player who shall begin announces their count of how many players remain; the other players agree aloud to the count; the players recite the verse; once recited, then the players began clapping out the count as quickly as possible. This made it much harder to anticipate the outcome. The basic verse follows in French and English, respectively.

Est tika-tika
Tika-tika tan-tan
Est tika-tika
âllo âllo âllo âllo âllo-ah
Un deux trois quat-re cinq!

Ess tika-tika
Tika-tika tap-tap
Ess tika-tika
Hello hello hello-ello-ello and
1 2 3 4 good-bye!


quaq quaq de la oma
quaq quaq quaq.
desi matriko
abash'ha kofiko
aimash'ha hipopotam
ve ata hamor katan
va lo,va ken
tzolea womiscen zaken

New York City:

Quack quack quack
Your mother smells like pizza
Felor, felor, felor, felor, felor, felor
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Unspecified Regional Versions[edit]

Version 2:

Stella Ella Ola
Quack, quack, quack
say es chiggo, chiggo, chiggo, chiggo Chek;
say es chiggo, chiggo, vello, vello, vello, vello, vello, so 1, 2, 3, 4, 5!

Version 3:

Stella Ella Ola
clap, clap, clap;
Singing Es tigga, tigga; tigga, tigga Es, Es; Es tigga, tigga flow, flow; flow, flow, flow; 12345!

Version 4:

Quack diddly oso
quack quack quack;
Señorita, rita rita rita;
Valor, valor, valor-valor-valor! 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

Version 5:

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap,
say es chico chico, chico chico clap,
say es chico chico, below, below,
the toilet over flows,
say 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Version 6:

Stella Ella ola
tap tap tap
singing es tigga tigga
Tigga tigga tap tap
Baloney baloney
Cheese and macaroni
Fire 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!

Version 7:

Stella Ella Ola snap crackle pop,
singing es tiga tiga tiga tiga snap snap
es tiga tiga balogna balogna
cheese and macaroni firing
one, two, three, four, five!

Version 8:

Stella Stella Ola,
Clap clap clap,
Singing es chigga chigga,
Chigga chigga clap,
Singing es chigga chigga,
Fello Fello
Fello Fello Fello,
Fire 1,2, 3, 4, 5.

Version 9:

Stella Ella ola,
Clap, clap, clap
Singing es chiga chiga,
chiga chiga chat chat
Es chiga chiga,
Love, love, love, love, love, love,
5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Version 10:

Stella Ella ola,
Clap, clap, clap,
Saying es chiko chiko
Chiko chiko chap chap
Es chiko chiko
Blow blow
Blow your nose in Cheerios
Say: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Version 11:

Stella Ella Ola,
Chak Chak Chalk
say es chico chico
Chico Chico Chak Chak,
es chico chico,
falo falo,
the toilet over flow!
Say: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10! (Continues until person's hand is slapped.)

Version 12:

Stella, ella, ola,
Slapjack Slapjack,
Es chica chica
Chica chica slapjack,
Go slow, go slow,
1, 2, 3, 4!

Version 13:

Stella, Ella, Ola,
Clap clap clap
Singing es chika chico,
Chigga chigga clap clap!
Singing es chika chico,
Below, below,
The toilet overflowed.
Singing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!


Two players[edit]

  • Players slap both hands up and down. In some variations, they continue to alternate until the final count, where the person whose hands are on the bottom is out.
  • 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. If that child swings her or his hand away on the last count, the other loses.
  • Players hold hands and on the last count, they try to pull the other person over a line.

Three players[edit]

In one, three player version, one player will turn around and the other two players will hold hands and alternate positions. At the end, the person who is turned around will say either top or bottom. The hand who is in that position is champ. Last 2 people kiss.

Appearances in other media[edit]

  • The lyrics sung in the game make an appearance in track 10 of Børns' album Blue Madonna "Supernatural".
  • The game also makes an appearance in season 6 episode 3 of the CBC show Mr. D.


  • "Stella Ella Ola".