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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 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
  • Books
  • Colorful bookshelves
  • Watercolors and detailed linework
  • Rabbits and mice
  • Alphabet blocks
  • Games Cupboard
  • Balloons
  • Fidget toys

Fashion

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
  • 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 Post-Modern", 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.

Music

  • “I`d Rather Sleep“-Kero Kero Bonito
  • "PoPiPo" - Lamaze-p
  • "It’s a Kids World" - Masafumi Takada
  • "Two time" - Jack Stauber
  • “Bleach Blonde Baby” - Poppy
  • ”I’m Poppy” - Poppy
  • “Turn The Lights Off” - Tally Hall
  • ”Flamingo” - Kero Kero Bonito
  • ”Dead Sea Monkeys” - Lemon Demon
  • “dumb dumb” - Mazie
  • “Everybody Likes You” - Lemon Demon
  • ”Touch-Tone Telephone” - Lemon Demon
  • “Blow My Brains Out” - Tikkle Me
  • “Icicles” - The Scary Jokes
  • ”Out the Ox” - Jack Stauber
  • “The Afternoon“-Lemon Demon
  • “Baby My Phone“-Yameii Online
  • “Icosa“-Oliver Buckland
  • “Hey Kids“-Molina
  • “Living Island“-Pogo
  • “Eight Wonder“-Lemon Demon
  • “Hate Your Guts“-Freddie Dredd
  • “ENA REMIX“-Cótiles
  • “Okay,Everyone“-Dan Salvato
  • “Lullaby“-Snails House
  • “The Creativity Song“-Don`t Hug Me I`m Scared
  • "Kids" -Current Joys
  • "Regression Song" -Rat king world champion
  • Act my Age" by Blueberry Sunshine

Playlists

Official Aesthetics Wiki Spotify playlist

The Aesthetics Wiki staff creates official Spotify playlists for aesthetics, which compile the songs most frequently featured on existing playlists dedicated to those aesthetics. Pages about aesthetics that have an official wiki playlist will not include other playlists.

Media

Kidcore is centered around media.

Books

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
  • Frog and Toad
  • Pete the Cat

Authors & publishers

  • Dr. Seuss
  • Mo Willems
  • P. D. Eastman
  • Priddy Books
  • Adarna House
  • Todd Parr
  • Richard Scarry

TV shows

  • Alphablocks
  • Animaniacs
  • Arthur
  • Blue's Clues
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Calliou
  • Curious George
  • Cyberchase
  • Dinosaur Train
  • Dragon Tales
  • Inspector Gadget
  • The Magic School Bus
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • My Little Pony
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Numberblocks
  • Octonauts
  • Reading Rainbow
  • Scooby-Doo!
  • Sesame Street
  • The Smurfs
  • Super Why
  • Shaun the Sheep
  • The Amazing World of Gumball
  • The Backyardigans
  • Thomas and Friends
  • Wild Kratts
  • Wow Wow Wubbzy
  • The World Of Strawberry Shortcake

Subgenres

Spooky Kidcore

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

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 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.

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