The Combination Man or Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game for Kids and Adults

The Combination Man or Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game

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The Combination Man or Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game

I grew up playing what many people call the Exquisite Corpse drawing game, but I think we just called “the drawing game.” In the game, a group of people take turns drawing sections of a human body, passing the covered drawing to the next person, and adding to the next drawing. I put it in my first book as Combination Man, the name we give the game in our family (I don’t care for the name Exquisite Corpse).

This game is great fun for kids and adults alike and is a good game to play together with immediate or extended family and even friends. Any child who is drawing people (ages 3 or 4 on up) can play this game, although the younger ones may need some coaching on where to start and stop.

We’ve played a few rounds of combination man recently and when I realized that I had never shared this game on the blog, I decided now was the time.

Here’s the how to ::

The Combination Man or Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game for Kids and Adults

The Combination Man Drawing Game

( also known as the Exquisite Corpse drawing game )

MATERIALS

  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil

INSTRUCTIONS

Playing The Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game

1. Each player starts with a piece of paper and a drawing tool and sits so that his or her drawing is somewhat hidden from the person in the next seat. The element of surprise at the end is half the fun!

Playing The Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game

2. Each person draws a head and neck. This can be human, animal, alien, robot, whatever. Fold the top of the paper down to conceal your drawing, letting only the bottom of the neck show. Hand the drawing to the person to your left.

3. Everyone draws the torso and arms, using the neck lines as the beginning point. Again, fold the paper down to conceal your drawing, letting just the bottom of the waist line show. Hand the drawing to the person at your left.

4. Draw from the waist to the knees. Fold the paper down, and pass to the left.

5. Draw from the knees to the feet. Fold the paper and pass again. (Note :: Sometimes we just draw from the waist all the way down to the feet, especially with younger kids.)

6. (Optional) Add a name to the unopened drawing and pass again.

7. Finally, each person unfolds the piece of paper they are holding to reveal the funny Combination Man (woman, animal, etc) that has been created. Take turns sharing the finished drawings.

Here are some of our recent completed Combination Man drawings…

Playing the Combination Man Drawing Game with Kids

We all get such a kick out of seeing the finished drawings!

Playing The Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game

These were two that Maia and Daphne created back and forth.

Playing The Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game with Kids

Here are some the girls and I created together.

How to Play The Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game

How about you? Have you played the Combination Man (or Exquisite Corpse) drawing game, either yourself or with your kids?

How to Play The Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Carie
    July 26, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    I used to play that as a child, it was so much fun. We called it consequences after the written version!

  • Reply
    Meera
    July 26, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    very interesting and innovative game! I love your tutorials.
    Thank you

  • Reply
    Lynne
    August 1, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I love this game. My dad showed me and my siblings how to play it when we were kids. Sometimes we’d cry laughing when the combinations were particularly funny! We’ve been known to play it as adults and I’ve passed the game on to my son. He loves it too.

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    Applet
    October 22, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I really love this idea. Let me laugh after see the drawing. I’ll try it with kids today

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    Matt Rutherford
    September 13, 2018 at 7:51 am

    I remember this game well from my childhood, and from playing it with my son… I think we always called it “Misfits”…

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    Annika
    September 24, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    I love this game and learned it as a child from my mother! I now teach it when I work with elementary school students. We use it when comparing and contrasting characters in fairy tales or folk tales. The mash-ups of Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf and the Huntsman can be hilarious! I’d be cautious about trying it with really young kids, like Kindergartners because they get confused about whose drawing “belongs” to whom.

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