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.

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 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.

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

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

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.)

Another version is: 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!

Another version is: Stella Ella Ola; clap, clap, clap; Singing Es tigga, tigga; tigga, tigga Es, Es; Es tigga, tigga flow, flow; flow, flow, flow; 12345!

Another alternate version: 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

Another version: 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

Another version is: 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!

Another version goes 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!

Another version from rural Ontario (Canada) during 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.

Another version from Vancouver, British Columbia is: Stella Stella ola clap clap clap say yes chigga chigga chigga chigga chap, say yes chigga chigga baloney, baloney, and cheese and macaroni fire 1,2,3,4,5!

A variant common in Winnipeg is: 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!

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!


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.