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    Chad's Crappy Corner & His Final Cheap 'Stocking Stuffer' Gadget, His Theme For December.

    It's Chad's Crappy Corner and his theme for December “Cheap Stocking Stuffers”, a perfect pick for December. This week's pick was just a buck! And as you'll see in the video, it was barely worth that. 

    Chad bought his at the Dollar Store. I couldn't find it on the company website, but as you'll see in the video, you need to buy two dozen of them online for $24.00. I found the Thinking Cap Instant Snow kit on Amazon. It ships with 3 other Thinking Cap 'science kits' for under $13.00. Here's what Amazon says about it:


    Have fun with science! Make hours, even days of fun creating crystals, gel balls, and even snow. The Science for Kids bundle of 4 science kits is great for all kids who have a natural spark of curiosity. The crystals kit includes 3-0.4 ounce super growing crystal packets in assorted colors. The crystal tree kit comes with plastic base, 1 paper tree, and 1-0.5 ounce packet of magical crystal solution. The Make Your Own Snow kit includes 0.3 ounces of magic snow crystals and measuring spoon. No need to worry if your little scientist is a first time experimenter, all kits come with easy to follow instructions. Please use under adult supervision. Not recommended for children under 12.


    And Chad's take: As you'll see in the video, the instructions are simple. Mix in some water and you have 'instant snow'. You get a tiny bag on instant snow, and a measuring spoon. It turns to 'snow' in about 20 seconds. Well, it didn't exactly look like snow flakes. It looked like 'hard packing' snow that was enough to make a tiny snow ball. But for a buck, it was okay. But unless you have a Dollar Store near you, it's going to cost you more.



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