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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.

Visual

Common motifs are bright colors frequently used on children's toys, most frequently highly saturated versions of the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue), images of indoor playgrounds, stuffed animals such as Beanie Babies and TY, robot pets like Furbies, "naive" furry art/animations, Lisa Frank artwork, rainbows, and other kid themes. Other common themes involved in kidcore include:

  • Bedtime stories
  • Books
  • Colorful bookshelves
  • Watercolors and detailed linework
  • Rabbits and mice
  • Alphabet blocks

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Fashion

The fashion aspect of kidcore is focused on primary colors like blue, red, and yellow. But it can also include baby/pastel colors like purple, baby pink, baby blue, and can include rainbow colors. 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
  • High-tops
  • Baseball tees
  • Jeans
  • Pajamas
  • Earrings
  • Friendship necklaces
  • Bandages
  • Kandi
  • A stuffed animal/plushie
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Slap on bracelets
  • Rainbow loom
  • Stickers

Architecture

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 sell goods to children such as Toys 'R' Us and Gymboree.

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Media

This aesthetic is centered around media, so taking visuals from these is a good idea.

Books

  • Chrysanthemum
  • 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

TV Shows

  • Steven Spielberg Presents: Animaniacs
  • Arthur
  • Blue's Clues shows
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Calliou
  • Curious George
  • Cyberchase
  • Dinosaur Train
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • Numberblocks
  • Octonauts
  • Reading Rainbow
  • Sesame Street
  • Super Why
  • Shaun the Sheep
  • The backyardigans
  • The Magic School Bus shows
  • Thomas and Friends
  • Wild Kratts
  • Wow Wow Wubbzy

Subgenres

Spooky Kidcore

Spooky Kidcore is a subgenre of kidcore that mixes the cute things and pastels and bright colors of kidcore and mixes them with witches, skeletons, and jack-o-lanterns. It often overlaps with Halloween.

Loudcore

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

Stickercore is an aesthetic that focuses mainly on childish 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.

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