My kiddos have such a dificult time with the distributive property. This activity removes the "scary" variables and has them practice this concept in a fill in the blank style. Students need to determine what number goes into each blank in order to make the equations balance--it challenges them to find common factors and multiples. It fits nicely with the 6th grade common core standard N.S.B.4.
And it is one more way to look at the magic of the distributive property!