50+ One to One Correspondence Activities for Your Growing Kids

One-to-one correspondence is the counting ability to match objects to their corresponding numbers or an object to another. #️⃣

After kids learn to rote-count and list the numbers in order, one-to-one correspondence teaches them how to count rationally and gives them a better understanding of the value of the numbers they learned.

One-to-one Correspondence Activities for Your Kids

One-to-one correspondence activities are vital in helping kids move past rote counting and transition to counting rationally by understanding the value of each number.

Your kids will require a bit of practice for them to get the hang of One-to-one correspondence. You can make learning less overwhelming by including fun and engaging activities that will help kids take an interest in the process.

In this blog, I have put together a list of activities that could make correspondence counting easier for your kids. 😁

One-to-one Correspondence with Fingers

One-To-One Correspondence With Fingers

The most basic and simple way for kids to learn one-to-one correspondence is with their fingers. 🖐🏼

Get your kids to open their palms and put down their fingers to count according to the number.

One-to-one Correspondence with Everyday Scenarios

The world is your canvas, in this case. Incorporate one-to-one correspondence learning with everyday scenarios and the things you see around them. ☁️

While strolling through the park, you can make them count the number of dogs or benches. At home, they can count the number of apples in the fruit basket or match the number of plates to the corresponding number of cups while setting the table.

Over time, kids will gradually learn to look around their surroundings and notice things.

One-to-one Correspondence with Dominoes

Domino tiles make for such fun learning activities, including this one, which my son loves doing. 

Write down numbers on individual pieces of paper and lay them on the surface. Make your kids find all the possible domino tiles with a combination of dots that can match the numbers on each card. 🀄️

One-to-one Correspondence with Toys

One-To-One Correspondence With Toys

A perfect way for kids to put away their toys and tidy their space while also learning how to count.

When the kids have finished playing for the day, make them count the toys as they place them in their designated places. 

This activity encourages kids to clean up after themselves and also learn to match the toys to their numbers. 🧽 

One-to-one Correspondence with Ingredients 

My son loves helping me in the kitchen and watching me create dishes. This activity is an engaging way to get them counting and interested in cooking and baking. 🧑🏽‍🍳

When measuring out ingredients in cups or spoons, make them count before adding them to the bowl. Kids can count the number of eggs, cups of flour, and spoonfuls of salt and sugar you use for the dish.

One-to-one Correspondence with Lego Blocks

My Lego-loving son had a great time with this activity.

Make laminated paper cards with a number written on them. Kids can place their Lego blocks on the cards based on the number of the card. 🧱

You can also let them build towers of the Lego blocks of the number to place on the cards. 

One-to-one Correspondence with Clothespin Cards

An easy activity for kids to learn correspondence counting and helps them build hand-eye coordination.

Write down the numbers in numerals or in dots on paper cards. Make your kids pin the same number of clothespins according to the number on each card. 🥻📌

One-to-one Correspondence with Steps

A fun and engaging activity that will keep your kids occupied! My son and I enjoyed doing this together in the garden. 

Call out a number and let kids walk or hop that many steps forward. 

You could make them move in other directions to keep it more interesting. 🚶🏽‍♀️🚶🏽

Pro Tip:

You could also do this on a staircase. Kids can walk up or down the stairs according to the number you call. 

One-to-one to Correspondence with Cotton Buds

Write out numbers on pieces of paper. Kids can use the cotton bud to dip it in paint and make dots corresponding to the number written. ⚫️

They can also paint lines and shapes in place of dots using cotton buds. 

One-to-One Correspondence with a Dots Wheel

This activity is one of my son’s favorite things to do. 

Print out and laminate a circle with sections having dots to make up different numbers. Write down numbers on clothespins.

Kids can match the number of dots on the wheel’s sections by clipping the clothespin with that labeled number. ☸️

One-to-one Correspondence with Beads

A craft to strengthen motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

A thread and beads are all you need for this simple activity. Kids can string beads on the thread according to the number you call out. 🧮

After this activity, I turned these beaded threads into beautiful bracelets for my daughter.

One-to-One Correspondence with Ice Cream Sticks

Write down numbers on one end of all the ice cream sticks and label glasses with sticky note numbers. Arrange the labeled glasses in a row according to the numbers. 🥢

Let your kids place the correct number of ice cream sticks into the glasses according to the sticky note numbers.

One-to-one Correspondence with Playdough

If you have kids who love playing with play dough, they will surely love this activity.

Write individual numbers on cards. Kids can make shapes with the play dough to place on each numbered card. They can also use cutters to make the shapes they like. 🔸

Molding and modeling playdough also helps kids strengthen their fine motor skills and encourages creativity.

One-to-one Correspondence with Muffin Trays

Muffin trays are perfect for correspondence counting with their many cups.

Stick tiny numbers above each of the muffin cups. Kids can drop small objects based on the numbers labeled on each cup. They can use buttons, paper clips, beads, Lego blocks, or coins. 🧁📤

Pro Tip:

Another way to use muffin trays for correspondence counting – use the cups as individual numbers. To count a particular number, kids can add an item to the individual cups until the muffin cups match the number. 

One-to-one Correspondence with Number Art Cards

Time for your kids to pick up their crayons and get creative!

Write down the outlines of numbers on individual paper cards.

Kids can begin by coloring inside the number outlines and then draw objects and shapes corresponding to the number in the cards – two squares, five shells, and so on. 🔢✏️

One-to-one Correspondence with Random Objects

My son and I enjoyed doing this activity.

Draw polka dots of the different numbers on paper cards. Kids can look for items around the house to match the number of dots on the card. 🧷

Pro Tip:

You could make this game even more fun and different, almost like a treasure hunt. 

Write down numerical numbers on paper cards, along with a small drawing of what object kids should look for – two pairs of socks for the number two, three crayons for the number three, and so on.

One-to-one Correspondence with Rhymes

The repetition of rhymes is beneficial for cognitive development in kids and incorporates some fun into learning. 🎵

Choose counting rhymes for kids to sing along with you while they can learn correspondence counting through the lines of the song.

Incorporate finger counting into the activity for kids to count on one finger at a time as they sing along.

One-to-one Correspondence with Table Layout

Kids can learn correspondence counting when they set the dinner table for mealtimes while they also help you with this everyday chore. 🍽️

As the kids lay out the table, you can get them to count the plates and glasses as they set each item down. You can also make them match the number of plates placed with the corresponding glasses. 

One-to-one Correspondence with Body Parts

Kids can learn correspondence by counting their body parts while also learning the names of them. 👀

Start counting with the smallest number – one nose and one mouth. Then, move to the twos – ears and hands. Finally, they can move to the ten fingers and toes.

Pro Tip:

You can also use only the fingers to teach them one-to-one correspondence. Kids can fold their fingers accordingly to match the numbers.

One-to-one Correspondence with Egg Carton

My son enjoyed learning one-to-one correspondence using an egg carton.

Encourage kids to fill each compartment in the egg carton with a pompom or marble. They can fill in that many egg compartments with pompoms corresponding to the number you want them to count. 🥚

Pro Tip:

You can let kids count as they fill, adding an extra pompom for the consecutive number, or they can remove all the pompoms and fill the compartments again. 

One-to-one Correspondence with a Calendar

This is a simple activity that my son enjoyed doing.

The dates in the calendar can be incorporated into your kids’ counting medium. Count the numbers on the calendar with your kids, and you can also match the quantities of an object with the numbers. 🗓️

One-to-one Correspondence with Stickers

My son loves putting stickers on surfaces, and this activity came in handy to teach him one-to-one correspondence. 

Divide a paper into sections with numbers in each one. Urge your kids to count the stickers and stick them in the space according to the number written. 🎟️

One-to-one Correspondence with Board Games

Board games present opportunities for kids to learn and have fun.

You can play board games like Ludo and Snakes-and-Ladders with your kids. They learn to develop a sense of number values as they roll the dice every time and move their game piece that many squares. 🎲

One-to-One Correspondence with Apples on the Tree

A simple art activity that my son enjoys doing. 

Print a template with tree outlines on a sheet of paper. Write down numbers below each tree, and instruct your kids to draw that many numbers of apples on the tree. 🍎🍏

One-to-one Correspondence with Paper Ice Cream

This activity is my son’s favorite way to learn one-to-one correspondence.

Print and cut out pieces of ice cream cones and scoops on thick paper. Get your kids to roll the dice and stack that many scoops of ice cream on the cone to match the number. 🍦

One-to-one Correspondence with Shape Punches

This activity is simple and allows kids to develop their fine motor skills.

Cut a sheet of paper into small-sized cards, and write down a number on each card. Kids can create impressions with shaped punches to match the corresponding numbers on the cards. 💠

Pro Tip:

You can reverse the activity by punching shapes in different quantities on each card and make your kids write down the number of punched shapes.  

One-to-one Correspondence with Card Drawings

A visual card-matching activity that kids will love doing.

Write down the numbers on one set of cards, and draw objects representing the number in the other set to complete the pair. 🖍️

Scatter the cards and let your kids match the number cards with the correct object cards.

One-to-one Correspondence with Number Outlines

Print or draw the outline of numbers on paper cards. Kids can place the correct number of objects, like buttons, beads, and coins, inside the number outline accordingly. 💯

Kids can also color the number outlines before they place the objects. 

One-to-one Correspondence with Paper Fish

Make learning more fun for kids by adding some adorable fish cutouts.

Draw or print a couple of fish on thick paper and cut them. Give your kids a bowl, and instruct them to place the correct number of fish according to the number you call out. 🐠

One-to-One Correspondence Fishing Game

The classic fishing game that kids can enjoy playing and also learn from.

Draw or print a handful of fish from thick paper and cut them. Attach a paper clip to each fish and put them all in a jar. Make a fishing rod using a string and a magnet tied to one end. 

Let your kids use the fishing rod to catch the fish according to the number you call out or by rolling the dice to decide the number. 🎣

One-to-one Correspondence with Shape Erasers

Erasers are simple tools that aid in one-to-one correspondence in a fun way.

Write down numbers on paper cards. Get your kids to count the number of shape erasers needed to match the number written on each card. 💠

Pro Tip:

You can also do this in an ice cube tray where kids can place one eraser in each cube and count along. 

One-to-one Correspondence with Playing Cards 

Bring out your playing cards for this simple and engaging activity.

Lay out the playing cards on the surface. Let your kids match the number of buttons or beads to the number displayed on the playing cards. 🃏


Learning one-to-one correspondence is a slow process, and these activities helped my son understand it in a less complex way.

I hope you enjoyed reading the activities I have included in this blog. 

Please comment below if you would try any of these activities with your kids. 😊

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