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Blippi

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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YouTuber's field trips encourage preschoolers' curiosity.

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Educational Value

This series involves simple preschool skills like color recognition and basic counting skills without feeling like it's structured teaching. All of Blippi's experiences encourage kids to be engaged students of their surroundings and experiences, being curious about what they don't know in order to learn more.

 

Positive Messages

Blippi's enthusiasm about new experiences encourages kids to be curious about the world around them and the things in it. He makes observations, engages in tactile and experiential exploration, and always finds something fascinating to discover as a result.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Blippi enjoys everything about learning by seeing and doing, and he shares all of it with his viewers. He explains things at a child's level and defines new concepts in simple terms.

 

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Consumerism

Blippi visits places like factories, museums, stadiums, and play spaces, all of which gain visibility to the audience as a result. Every video ends with him reminding viewers they can find more of his videos by searching for his name, and there's also Blippi merch available for purchase.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Blippi is a YouTube channel in which the host visits places like factories, play parks, and zoos to teach kids what he learns as he tours them. Blippi relays his experiences directly to his audience, posing questions to them as they occur to him and explaining anything that's potentially unfamiliar. In addition to exposing them to new sights and sounds, the show also incorporates simple pre-reading skills like counting and color recognition. Blippi's enthusiasm for trying new things reminds kids of the value of learning by being open to new experiences and asking lots of questions. Each video concludes with Blippi suggesting that kids watch more of his episodes by running a search of his name, and some videos are clearly sponsored by products or places. 

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Adult Written bybethanyrae April 24, 2019

Very educational!

My family is home to foster kids and they discovered Blippi while living with us. For 3 years these three boys have been infatuated with Blippi. They are now 2,... Continue reading

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What's the story?

BLIPPI follows its titular character -- a blue-and-orange-clad bespectacled man with childlike enthusiasm and curiosity -- on a variety of field trips to see and learn new things. Blippi (Stevin John) visits sports stadiums, children's museums, playgrounds, factories, and other venues, sharing his experiences with his viewers as he observes the goings-on in his surroundings. As he explains what he sees and does, words and phrases appear on the screen to help reinforce the new concepts he introduces.

Is it any good?

Combining elements of Pee-Wee Herman and Mr. Rogers, this successful YouTube star's videos have a vast following, and it's no real surprise why. Preschoolers love how his excitement over things like firetrucks and bulldozers mimics their own, and watching him experience them firsthand is just about the next best thing to doing so themselves. Blippi has a knack for explaining things so youngsters will understand them, thereby encouraging their natural sense of wonder.

Although the channel's reception among parents is a little more hit or miss (his boundless excitement over EVERYTHING can wear on adult senses), this series is a fun collaboration of  learning and entertainment that caters to preschoolers' curiosity.

 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how and why Blippi embraces new experiences. Does he ever seem nervous to try something new? How does he show he is open to learning? Kids: Do you enjoy visiting new places?

  • How does Blippi use his senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste to fully experience where he visits? What other observational methods help him learn? What other YouTube stars do your kids enjoy watching? What do they learn from them?

  • Blippi's strong sense of curiosity is obvious in these videos. What topics inspire your kids' curiosity? In what ways do they seek opportunities to learn more?

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