KORXX building blocks have been a big hit both at home and in my preschool classroom. They’re great for free building, of course, and they also have endless possibilities when it comes to learning through play. I put together a free printable one-to-one correspondence activity the kiddos can use with the cork building blocks.
all about KORXX
This post is sponsored by KORXX. As always, my opinions and excitement are all my own!
We first got our hands on KORXX blocks over a year ago, and it was love at first sight. These awesome cork bricks come in a variety of shapes and colors (including natural), and they are sooooo quiet. My preschooler sactually called them “the quiet blocks” all last year. They’re made of all natural, sustainable cork that’s textured in a way to prevent slippage. This is helpful for little hands that are still working on fine motor skills. I can be a bit picky about the materials I use with the kiddos, so I particularly like that they’re safety tested and adhere to strict safety standards. So even the littlest kids can safely handle and play with the blocks.
You can read all about the company and their products on the KORXX website.
one-to-one correspondence activity for kids
One-to-one correspondence is an early math skills that preschoolers and kindergartners can explore in a wide variety of ways. Being me, I love using hands-on ways to teach the kiddos. The texture of the KORXX blocks added a sensory aspect to this simple math activity. Since the blocks are light, they’re easy for kids to manipulate as they count and move them.
Print out the one-to-one correspondence cards. I’d suggest printing them on card stock or laminating the cards for durability. That way, the kids can reuse them over and over.
Once the cards are ready to go, grab the KORXX and gather the kiddos. For these cards, we used the unit blocks from the Brickle pack. They’re cubes of about an inch in size, and I think they’re perfect for all kinds of math exploration. They have other cube and square blocks that would work well, too, but I’m enamored with the tiny cubes!
Explain to the kids that they’re going to make numbers using the cork building blocks. Pick a card and read the heading to the kids (I just can’t help sneaking literacy into a math activity). “I can make 5.” They model picking up a block and placing it over one of the printed squares. Do so with all five blocks, counting along the way. The kids are likely to start counting with you!
Next, let the kids pick another card to work on together. Read the heading to the kids, and then let them add the blocks to the printed squares. Encourage them to count as each block is added. Help the children as needed.
Once the small group activity is completed, let the kids explore the cards on their own. They might want to use them on their own, or they may want to work with friends. Observe as the children count and play, asking questions or modeling if necessary.
Afterwards, I’d suggest placing the cards and the KORXX in the math center. This way, the kids can explore the one-to-one correspondence activity during center time or free choice time. If you’re using these at home, place everything in a small bin where the kids can easily access them.
Have you ever used KORXX before? You can read more about them on their website, and they’re available here at Oh! Toys. Let me know if you try out this one-to-one correspondence activity with the kids! What are some of your favorite ways to explore this early math concept?
more fun with KORXX
Below are even more ideas for using these awesome cork building blocks!
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