I made up another silly story to help my kids understand and remember the distributive law. This could be such an abstract concept for little ones, but I think telling them stories, showing them pictures and singing songs really makes a difference and helps them understand it and retain it.
My kids enjoy playing with the little pieces after we cut them apart. We keep them in a little bag for a few days so we can review the formula over and over. At the end of the week we finally glue the pieces on the boxes and I have them recite the formula back to me.
Here’s the song we use to help us remember the formula:
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