One of the most significant number sense skills children need to know in preparation for formal schooling is one to one correspondence in counting. This post includes free counting cards and a bunch of different ways to use them so your little one can perfect their one to one correspondence skills.
All About One to One Correspondence + Free Counting Cards
Preschool number sense skills include a range of skills, including rote counting, number matching, and teaching children to count the correct number when given a specific number of objects. These math skills are critical in preschool.
So it teaching one to one correspondence skills in early childhood.
Naturally, children love learning math through play, and learning to count with these counting cards can be really playful. Let me show you how.
FAQ About Teaching Math to Preschoolers
Teaching math to preschoolers isn’t about doing endless preschool math worksheets. Learning activities should be handson and engaging, while targeting important number skills. Preschoolers will learn best from hands on math activities, including counting games, sensory math activities, and gross motor activities.
Preschool math lesson plans should include more than counting activities. Children can enjoy a variety of targeted daily math activities, including new skill work, review activities, literacy integration, and independent practice. Here are nine preschool math units that can be taught for the year.
~ Comparing & Sorting
~ Counting 05
~ Shapes
~ Counting 010
~ Position & Patterns
~ Counting 020
~ Measurement
~ Graphing
~ Addition & Subtraction
The easiest way to know what skills you should be teaching in preschool mathematics is by downloading a free math skills checklist!
That checklist will explain everything you need to know about teaching preschool math including what to include in your preschool math lesson plans to make sure they are playful and complete.
Related Reading: The Ultimate Guide to Teaching One to One Correspondence
One to One Correspondence Activities for Preschoolers
Are you wondering what the meaning of one to one correspondence is?
It is the ability to match each member of one set with another member of a matching set.
For example, matching seven rubber ducks with a picture of seven rubber ducks. While this sounds like a very simple skill, it is a foundational to math success, and it can take weeks, or even an entire school year for a preschooler to master.
For this reason it is incredibly important to provide children with multiple opportunities to practice.
Materials
The Set Up
Print the counting cards on heavy card stock. Laminate for added durability. Cut apart and place them on a tray with a small bowl of math counters or manipulatives.
Don’t Forget to Make the Counters fun!
Before we get into one to one correspondence examples and activities, let’s talk about how to make counting objects even more fun. We know that children learn best by playing math games and having fun will also help young children to grasp the concept easier.
Here are some easy and fun ways to change up these basic counting cards.
 buttons
 cleaned coins
 pom poms
 wooden disks
 floral marbles
 large beads
 dried pasta
 mini erasers
 dyed beans
 polished pebbles
 legos
 googly eyes
 snap cubes
 game pieces
 eraser tops
Of course, thematic math counters make these cards a blast, too!
Counting Sets
Here is one of the most basic activities for one to one correspondence. Matching sets.
Invite your child to count the number of dots on each card, and then read the number. To ensure accurate counting, it’s important to have your preschooler touch each dot as it is counted.
Matching Sets
After counting sets in small groups, your preschooler to move on to matching sets. Invite your preschooler to use one of those super fun math counters from the list above and cover each dot as it is counted.
For added counting practice, have your preschooler first count the set on the card by touching each dot, and then count a second time as they place a manipulative over each one.
Duplicating Sets
After the first two one to one correspondence activities are mastered, preschoolers can start duplicating sets. This is where they count the set printed on the card, and then create a duplicate set off the card using manipulatives.
Bonus One to One Correspondence Activities
Here are even more ideas on how to teach one to one correspondence while using these free counting cards.
 Roll a dice and find the matching card.
 Select a card and count the corresponding number into an egg carton.
 Assign one number of the day and play with that number all day long!
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I’m Sarah, an educator turned stayathomemama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.
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