It is often easier to learn math concepts if you can see how to apply them to things in your own life. You sometimes do this without realizing it, as when you buy things.

Consider two friends, each ordering a popcorn and a drink at the movies. You can add the cost of these items two ways:

2*($popcorn + $drink)

or

2*$popcorn + 2*$drink

You expect to get the same result either way. That is what the distributive property is about.

Consider two friends, each ordering a popcorn and a drink at the movies. You can add the cost of these items two ways:

2*($popcorn + $drink)

or

2*$popcorn + 2*$drink

You expect to get the same result either way. That is what the distributive property is about.