# 20 Hands-On Middle School Activities for Distributive Property Practice

The distributive property is a fundamental math concept that can be difficult for middle school students to understand. Without an effective way to practice, students can struggle to gain an intuitive feel for the concept. Luckily, there are a variety of hands-on activities that middle school teachers can use to help students understand and practice the distributive property. Here are 20 fun and engaging activities to help students practice distributive property:

1. Scavenger Hunt: Set up a room or classroom with hidden equations. Give students clues to help them find the equations. Once they find the equation, students must solve it using the distributive property.

2. Matching Game: Print out two sets of equations and use them to create a matching game. Have students match the equation on the left with the equivalent equation on the right, using the distributive property.

3. Connect Four: Students can play a game of Connect Four by writing equations in each space. For example, they can write (2x + 3)(2x + 3) on the top row and (6x + 9) on the bottom row.

4. Puzzle Pieces: Cut out puzzle pieces from construction paper. Have students find the pieces that represent the same equation using the distributive property.

5. Dominoes: Draw dominoes with equations on them. Have students match the equations using the distributive property.

6. Flash Cards: Print out flashcards with equations on them and have students match up the equations using the distributive property.

7. Word Problems: Have students solve word problems using the distributive property.

8. Tic-Tac-Toe: Draw a tic-tac-toe board with equations on each space. Have students solve the equations and match them up using the distributive property.

9. Bingo: Create a bingo board with equations in each space. Have students solve the equations and mark off the spaces on their boards.

10. Scrapbook: Have students create a scrapbook of equations that can be solved using the distributive property.

11. Legos: Give students Legos and have them create equations using the bricks.

12. Draw It: Have students draw equations and solve them using the distributive property.

13. Crafts: Have students create crafts using the distributive property. For example, they can create jewelry or paper airplanes with equations on them.

14. Sorting: Print out equations and cut them into strips. Have students sort the strips into piles based on how the equations can be solved using the distributive property.

15. Puzzles: Print out puzzles with equations on them. Have students solve the equations and match up the pieces.