QUACK DIDDLEY OSO & OTHER CHILDREN'S HAND SLAPPING GAMES

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QUACK DIDDLEY OSO & OTHER CHILDREN'S HAND SLAPPING GAMES

Sesame Street - Girls play a clapping game

wattamack4, Uploaded on Jul 8, 2007

Girls play a clapping game, saying the alphabet up to the letter Q.

Description comes off Muppet wiki.

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This content of this post is presented for folkloric, recreational, and entertainment purposes.

Edited by Azizi Powell

Last Revision: April 3, 2013

Click http://zumalayah.blogspot.com/2013/04/classic-sesame-street-television-c... for this post on my zumalayah blog: "Sesame Street Hand Clap Rhymes & Children's Stepping Routines".

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This post features an example of the hand slap games "Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky", "Stella Ella Ola", and "Quack Diddly Oso".

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Hand slap games are lightly competitive hand games that are played by a group of people who are standing or seated in a circle.

I refer to these games as "hand slap" because of the slapping motions that are characteristic of these games. Unlike many handclap games, a hand slap games have a "winner".

Here's a description of how hand slap games are played:
"I know a circle hand clap game with chants called: Down by the bank. It is an elimination game because the children stand in a circle and try to eliminate (or not get eliminated) at the end of the song. The setup is that both of your hands are palms up. Your right hand is under the hand of the person next to you and your left hand is in the palm of the person next to you. When your right hand gets tapped you tap the hand in your left and return your hand to the resting position. To be eliminated if the last note of the song gets on you and you are to hit the hand of the other person and fail to do so before they pull their hand away you must leave. If the person whose hand is to be hit gets hit, they are eliminated. When only two people are left they alternate their wrists until the game is over and then arm wrestle to figure out the winner."
- Flojaune G. (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), http://cocojams.com/content/handclap-jump-rope-and-elastics-rhymes [Hereafter given as Cocojams: Handclap 1], August 2004

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FEATURED VIDEOS
Example #1:
This video is found at the top of this page. It is based on a game entitled "Quack Diddly Oso" (or similar similar sounding titles), but that Sesame Street version was modified to include words that begin with the letter "Q".

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Example #2: Down By the Banks of the Hanky Panky =P

Mickayla Royer, Uploaded on Jul 28, 2009

random game we played when we were boredddd
ahhaa
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Visit Cocojams: Handclap for multiple examples of "Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky". Some of those examples are played as partner hand clap games.

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Example #3: Stella ella ola

wadaferal, 7/2008
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The words to this example and more examples of "Quack Diddly Oso" can be found on this Cocojams page: http://www.cocojams.com/content/handclap-jump-rope-and-elastics-rhymes-2 [hereafter given as Cocojams: Handclap 2]

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Example #4: Quack Diddly O' So

TiDoSTAR | February 10, 2007

Greese cast party
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Notice that some young adults also play these mildly competitive hand slap games for fun and as stress reducers. Visit Cocojams Handclap Rhymes #2 for words to this example & other examples of "Quack Diddly Oso".

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RELATED LINK
Click http://zumalayah.blogspot.com/2013/04/classic-sesame-street-television-c... for this post on my zumalayah blog: "Sesame Street Hand Clap Rhymes & Children's Stepping Routines".

Zumalayah showcases videos of dances & singing games done in circles or in lines, and other movement performance arts from African American culture, from African cultures, and from other cultures of the African Diaspora.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THANKS
Thanks to the children who are featured in these videos and to the publishers of these videos on YouTube. Thanks also to those who provided information about how these rhymes are performed.

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