The character Blippi began in 2014 as the brainchild of Stevin John, who would later go on to play the character himself. He wanted to make early learning more than just dull memorization and repetition and instead associate it with “positive emotions and memories.” And since then, countless young children have been learning shapes, letters, numbers, and colors through Stevin’s show, which features him clad in orange and blue as the lovable Blippi.

The videos consist of nursery rhymes and educational songs complete with colorful characters and animations to hold children’s attention — things such as construction vehicles, animals, and more.  This is all blended with real life footage of Stevin as Blippi.

But Stevin wasn’t always set on being a YouTuber for kids. Before starting his channel, he followed a few different career paths, ranging from washing dishes to serving in the Air Force. But in the end, he found his calling as Blippi, where he can encourage kids to learn and grow through songs and videos.

Originally, Blippi was a solo project, but creating the show and its accompanying merchandise (shirts, books, dolls, and more) now takes a team of managers, cameramen, and animators. The team is also working on a live show along with episodes available on Amazon.

With 1.9 million subscribers and a cumulative 1.6 billion views on his videos, Stevin has amassed a loyal following of fans in nearly 140 countries. The show is also available in Spanish and German, with corresponding YouTube channels for each.

To learn more about Blippi, visit his channel at www.youtube.com/user/BlippiVideos/featured or his website at www.blippi.com. To listen to the full interview with Stevin, check out the podcast below.