Use hands-on and engaging activities with math manipulatives to reinforce one-to-one correspondence skills. Perfect for number recognition, counting skills, number formation.
Every year I have some students that struggle with one-to-one correspondence. It is difficult to move on to other math subjects before they have mastered this skill, so I developed this pack so that I could focus on their counting skills.
I use these activities with a few students at a time in guided groups so that I can make sure they are getting the most out of the activities. I change out which of the manipulatives I am using to keep them engaged in their learning.
Here is a look at all the activities that I included, I kept them very simple so that students could just focus on counting. I store these in a bin ready to use so that it is just grab and go!
Bears are always a favorite math manipulative with kindergarten students. I don’t know if it’s the cuteness or the colors but they love using them! These cards are made so that students can put a bear on each image, and use their finger to trace the number.
This activity will also work on fine motor skills as they count. Clip a clothespin to each circle and count as you go. This is great for slowing down their counting so they are not skipping numbers.
Snap Cube Towers
Who doesn’t love building towers? Add a math component to make counting fun for your students. I had our students count as they build, to make sure it matches the number on the card.
This was a huge hit with my students! I had pulled it out to work with 1 of our kids, and I soon had a table full of students that also wanted to do it. There is just something about stickers that children love to use! There are two versions included: one with circle outlines and one without. This makes it to differentiate for your students.
Color and Count
This is another recording page that students love to color. It can also be used to track their progress, keep for assessment purposes, or to send home for extra practice.
Students used plastic links to make chains to match the numbers on the card, then they attached the chain to the card by linking it through the hole I made. Another great fine motor activity, along with a fun way to practice one-to-one correspondence!
More one-to-one correspondence
If you are looking to learn more about this skill, or find more activities- take a look at my Counting Principles blog post. I take a deep dive into it! These Pick it! Build it! Write it! activities are another great way to work on counting skills.
You can also learn more about how I run my math centers- I wrote a post about Everything You Need to Know About Math Centers.
Which one of these activities is your favorite? Do your students have a favorite math manipulative? Let me know in the comments!