Variations of "Un, due, tre, stella" are played around the world. It's the equivalent of "Red Light, Green Light, 1, 2, 3!"

Notes

According to the Italian Wikipedia (in Italian), "Un, due, tre, stella" comes from "Un, due, tre, stai là!" (1, 2, 3, Stay there!) which is pronounced in Piedmont as, "Un, due, tre, ste' là!" the latter of which morphed into "stella".

In parts of Italy they use a different saying, "Uno due tre per le vie di Roma" (1, 2, 3, through the streets of Rome!).

Game Instructions

"Un, due, tre, stella" is played with a group of people.

The group stands on one end of the playing area, at the starting line. The person who is "It" stands at the other end, at the finish line, usually facing a wall.

The person who's "It" stands with his back to the group. He says, "Un, due, tre, stella!" Then he quickly turns around to face the group.

When he is facing away from the group, the people in the group run towards the finish line. Meanwhile, as soon as the one who's "It" finishes saying, "Un, due, tre, stella!" he quickly turns around to face the group. The group must freeze. Anyone who is caught moving has to go back to the starting line.

The game continues like this until someone reaches the finish line. That person wins and is "It" in the next round.

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