What to put in a picture frame for a kid?
December 13, 2013 2:43 PM   Subscribe

I bought a picture frame for my 7 year old, now I don't know what to put in it. Would a kid like a photo or art or something else best?

I got the frame at all because it is fabulously shiny, with aqua, silver, and green. But it doesn't seem enough on it's own. And if anyone has kids in the 5-10 age range to ask, I'd find that super useful. (And I am fine with just putting a photo in, I'm just not sure that's the most fun thing to put in it.)

And in case you need to know more about my child: she likes mysteries, detectives, spies, fairies, and adventures. She reads constantly, watches science TV shows, enjoys doing gymnastics and playing with her guinea pigs.
posted by Margalo Epps to Media & Arts (14 answers total)
Response by poster: Forgot to say, it's 5X7.
posted by Margalo Epps at 2:44 PM on December 13, 2013

Best answer: A framed family portrait in which all the eyes are replaced with googly eyes would be appreciated by all the seven-year-olds I know.
posted by Francolin at 2:46 PM on December 13, 2013 [11 favorites]

Best answer: A photo portrait of her guinea pigs?
posted by tomboko at 2:47 PM on December 13, 2013 [2 favorites]

an autographed picture of the guinea pigs. "so glad to meet you!"
posted by parmanparman at 2:58 PM on December 13, 2013 [2 favorites]

A whiteboard or chalkboard where she (or her friends) could write notes or draw things? This probably works best if it's the type of frame you hang on the wall...
posted by Bella Sebastian at 3:02 PM on December 13, 2013

Photo of her family. Does she have a relative she loves but doesn't get to see much like a Grandparent?
posted by wwax at 3:03 PM on December 13, 2013

Ask her! It could be fun to think about what she'd like to put in the frame and then do the project of finding it, getting it printed (or whatever) and fitting it to the frame. What she chooses may surprise you.
posted by Miko at 3:07 PM on December 13, 2013

In an ideal world, I'd personally go for a photo of the guinea pig's family (googly eyes optional)... one where they could be wearing ugly Christmas sweaters and building a snowman. I have no idea how you would create this, but that's what I'd shoot for personally.
posted by Nanukthedog at 3:19 PM on December 13, 2013

Best answer: Family portrait. Give it with a dry erase marker to doodle funny faces on everyone. Mustaches, eye glasses, blacked out teeth, hats, etc.
posted by missriss89 at 3:33 PM on December 13, 2013

Best answer: A picture of herself, if she's anything like my seven-year-old. Also the googly eyed family portrait is a great idea.
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:37 PM on December 13, 2013

I also say a picture of the guinea pigs. We framed a picture of ours, sort of as a joke, but then it's really nice since they've since passed and we still have pictures to remind us and our new guinea pigs of their existence.

Also, guinea pigs are cute.
posted by kendrak at 4:01 PM on December 13, 2013

Her name? Here we have a framed batik name and a framed vintage postcard themed around the name. Personalised stuff is fun, and I figure both have good odds of being kept around for years and years. Etsy is probably totally overrun with possibilities.
posted by kmennie at 7:18 PM on December 13, 2013

Best answer: This but with guinea pigs.
posted by BoscosMom at 10:40 PM on December 13, 2013

Response by poster: I went with the picture on a box photo shoot (BoscosMom's idea). The guinea pigs were not so interested in poking their heads out, but I did eventually get them to have their heads near the holes. (The resulting photo is not quite as amusing as knowing I did a photoshoot.) I may give her one of the other options up above if we ever manage to get a family picture.
posted by Margalo Epps at 12:14 PM on December 29, 2013

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