One-to-One Correspondence

By Activity Bank on May 24, 2013

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Mary Jane Clark and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

This activity will reinforce the concept of one-to-one correspondence in a variety of everyday functional contexts. Lessons include Math, Independent Living.


Materials will vary depending on the skill level of the student. Use functional items that the student encounters daily.


Reinforce one-to-one correspondence using these activities throughout the day:

  • Table setting
    • One plate in front of each chair
    • One fork, one spoon, one knife for each plate
    • One glass for each plate
    • One ice cube in each cup
  • One chair per desk
  • One shoe per foot
  • One stamp per envelope
  • One letter in each mailbox
  • One lid on every jar
  • One nut for every bolt
  • One hanger for every shirt
  • One button for every buttonhole


 Provide repeated opportunities for the student to practice one-to-one correspondence.



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