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Baltimore Kinetic

Sculpture Race

Saturday,May 5th at 10am Baltimore Harbor

The Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race at the Baltimore Harbor celebrates the most creative amphibious vehicles you may ever see. The eight-hour race covers 14 miles—mostly on pavement, but also including a trip into the Chesapeake Bay and through mud and sand.

EXPLORE: New Vocabulary
ENRICH: Using words in various contexts

ENGAGE: Using Vocabulary to describe what you are watching.




  • Introduce the vocabulary terms below by saying a sentence with the target word in context. Use hand gestures/motions (i.e. making "glasses" with your fingers while describing spectator) to emphasize each word meaning.


    • KINETIC: "All of these sculptures can move; they are Kinetic"

    • AMPHIBIOUS:" "These amphibious vehicles can travel in water and on land.

    • SPECTATOR:  "The spectators watched the race from the side of the road."


  • BONUS:

  • Ask, your child if s/he knows of any animals that are amphibious, who live in both land and water.




EXPLORE: Conditional, if/then Directions
ENRICH: Comprehesion and following directions

ENGAGE: The ability to give and understand verbal directions



  • While the racing sculptures go by, play a listening game with your child and use some of the examples below as a guide. After you give a direction, have your child try to give you an "if/then" instruction. 


    • IF the "flamingo" sculpture is traveling in front of the "alligator" sculpture....THEN Stand on one leg like a flamingo


    • IF the "alligator" sculpture is traveling in front of the flamingo sculpture...THEN clap your hands like an alligator mouth. 


  •     IF the Racing sculptures must travel through water...THEN pretend to swim with your hands










EXPLORE: The Target Speech Sound  _________, in the final word position that your child is working on in speech therapy. 
ENRICH: Production of best final target sounds

ENGAGE: Find items with your sound in the final position, and name them.


Correct production of a child's speech sounds is an important skill that contributes to a child being easily understood by others when speaking. You can practice this skill at the race by talking about things in the race that start or end with that sound



  • Remind your child that he/she needs to pronounce strong sounds at the beginning and ends of words so that others know what he/she is saying. Give them an example, such as "race" - without a strong /s/ sound, someone might think you are saying "why."

  • As you watch the parade, have your child practice the following ten words in complete sentences with strong final sounds:

    • /z/ -wheels

    • /s/ -  race

    • ​/t/ - streeT, 

    • /d/ - banD, crowD

    • /k/ - biKe, musiC

    • /g/ - lonG, doG

    • /sh/ - splash



EXPLORE: Social Pragmatic Skills
ENRICH: Perspective-Taking

ENGAGE: The ability to give appropriate background information


Telling someone a story about a fun event is a social language activity that is motivating to many children because they can talk about their own personal experiences. Use the parade experience as a means of practicing re-telling a story and providing appropriate background information to a listener who is unfamiliar with the race.



  • After the race, have your child pick a friend or family member to recount his/her experience to. Remind your child, "Remember, ___ did not go to the parade with us. (S)he might not even know that we went to the race. You have to start by filling him/her in with that important information before you tell the story."

  • Have your child use the following framework, if needed, to give adequate background information:

    • When - yesterday, on Saturday, last weekend, etc.

    • Who - I, Daddy and I, my family, etc.

    • What - went to a Kinetic Sculpture race

    • Where - in Baltimore, near the ice cream store, in the street, etc.

    • For example, "Yesterday, Mommy and I went to a special sculpture race in Baltimore ."


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