Kidcore is an aesthetic that centers around bright colors, nostalgia for icons from the 90s, and kid themes. While its origins can be traced back to the 1990s/80s, it appears the aesthetic is a nostalgia-based creation of the 2010s.
Common motifs in Kidcore visuals are bright colors frequently used on children's toys, most frequently highly saturated versions of the traditional primary colors (red, yellow, and blue), playgrounds, stuffed animals such as Beanie Babies and TY, robot pets like Furbies, Lisa Frank artwork, rainbows, and other kid themes. Other common themes involved in Kidcore include:
- Bedtime stories
- Colorful bookshelves
- Watercolors and detailed linework
- Rabbits and mice
- Alphabet blocks
- Games Cupboard
Kidcore fashion is typically colorful and highly saturated, and predominantly utilizes the traditional primary colors, but it does sometimes include neutrals, secondary colors and pastels. Fashion pieces include:
- Collared shirts
- Light-up shoes, old sneakers
- Denim overalls (preferably short)
- Tee-shirts of kids shows/simple patterns/animals
- Striped socks, stockings, or knee/ankle-high socks
- Denim shorts/jeans adorned with stickers/glitter
- Puffy sleeves
- Overalls or suspenders
- Baseball tees
- Friendship necklaces
- A stuffed animal/plushie
- Temporary tattoos
- Slap on bracelets
- Rainbow loom
The architectural variants of kidcore - known as "Wonka PoMo", or Memphis Jr. due to it being inspired by the 1980s Memphis aesthetic - predate the rest of the genre, and can be said to have inspired the 2010s popularity via nostalgia. Examples typically come from theme parks and stores which market goods to children such as Toys 'R' Us and Gymboree.
- Kero Kero Bonito - "I'd Rather Sleep"
- "PoPiPo" - Hatsune Miku
- "It’s a Kids World" - Masafumi Takada
- "Two time" - Jack Stauber
- Kero Kero Bonito - "Flamingo"
- Lemon Demon - "Dead Sea Monkeys" (Along with "Sky Is Not Blue", and "Geeks In Love".)
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Kidcore is centered around media.
- Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
- Frog and Toad
Authors & publishers
- Dr. Seuss
- Mo Willems
- P. D. Eastman
- Priddy Books
- Adarna House
- Steven Spielberg Presents: Animaniacs
- Blue's Clues shows
- Clifford the Big Red Dog
- Curious George
- Dinosaur Train
- Dragon Tales
- Inspector Gadget
- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
- The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Reading Rainbow
- Sesame Street
- Super Why
- Shaun the Sheep
- The Backyardigans
- The Magic School Bus shows
- Thomas and Friends
- Wild Kratts
- Wow Wow Wubbzy
- My Little Pony
Spooky Kidcore is a subgenre of kidcore that mixes the cute things and bright colors of kidcore with Halloween themes, such as witches, skeletons, and jack-o-lanterns. It often overlaps with Halloween.
Loudcore is a subgenre of kidcore which revolves around loud, noisy objects and toys that are associated with early childhood. Key motifs include bells, fireworks, birthday party-esque or "school treasure box" related items, and instruments such as kazoos.
Stickercore is an aesthetic that focuses mainly on children's stickers. Some of the most common types are My Little Pony, CareBears, Sanrio, Sandylion, and Lisa Frank’s artwork. Anime girls are also seen, but uncommon. The stickers are mostly placed on ones face, but can also go on other parts of the body and objects.
External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.
- Children's Books II - Antique by Elaine Gitzel
- Old Childrens books by Carol Tice
- Children's Books and Illustrations by Dona Novak
- Bedrooms 1900-1920 by Amanda Roper
- victorian girls room by Carolyn