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puzzles & brain teasers

Gyroscopes - twin-pack - and both of 'em were made right here in the USAGyroscopes
Twin pack of gyroscopes for a world of fun, and both educational and instructive. Made in the USA! $14.95

Q:   Ok...I give - what's a gyroscope?
A:   A mechanical gyroscope is essentially a spinning wheel or disk whose axle is free to take any orientation. 

More info and examples

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Tedco gyroscopeSingle Gyroscope from Tedco Toys
Give your child the wonder of a toy you played with when you were little! Even the packaging on this gyroscope will make you think of your childhood. Includes starting string, pedestal and instructions for several amazing tricks. Winner of the coveted Parents' Choice Gold Award by the Parents' Choice Foundation. Made In USA. For ages 8+.

3D Illusion Maker - hologram toy by Tedco3-D Illusion Maker
Kids will marvel at a fun toy that creates holograms -- realistic three-dimensional images that look real but cannot be touched! The magic is in the parabolic mirror and its ability to intake and reflect light. Works with any small object -- marbles, flowers, buttons, rings, coins and so much more! Plastic frog included. For ages 4+.

Jigsaw Puzzles
Butterflies of the World - The world's most beautiful butterflies are identified by name and location in perhaps the most elegant puzzle Ernest O. Brown has designed. 1000 pieces. Item #WHITE168. Pkg size: 15¼" x 11½" x 2¼".

b. dazzle, inc. - logo Scramble Squares
by b.dazzle, Inc. "Easy to Play, But Hard to Solve"
Perhaps the World's most challenging puzzle!  Choose from insects, frogs, hummingbirds (not shown), and these selections shown below: North American birds, cats, ladybugs, black-capped chickadees, squirrels, and butterflies. We know you will enjoy their beautiful and challenging puzzles. Finished nine-piece puzzle is 12" x 12".  Made in the U.S.A.  $12.95 each.  Over 30 different puzzles now in stock.

more games and puzzles on our gift page >

chickadees  - another quality b. dazzle puzzlesquirrels - another quality b. dazzle puzzle

Jacobs LadderJacob’s Ladder  -  an original American handmade toy by Channel Craft...still made right here in the USA. Includes history* of the ladder, illusions, animal shapes to create, and a magic trick! Solid wood, 6¾” x 2” x ½”,  $7.95

* short history: The Jacob's Ladder is one of the most ancient and famous of folk toys. Legend has it that one was found in King Tut's tomb, which means these fascinating toys were played with in Egypt before 1352 B.C., when the young king died (at about 18 years of age).

(BTW: our web-order minimum: $10 + freight)

Pet Tornadomade in the USA! 
Pet Tornado
Buy the best; the original Pet Tornado by Tedco. A slight twist of your wrist and you can create a beautiful tornado in a bottle. Don't be fooled by imitations; they just are not as good! Information about F1-F5 tornados is included.   See Tedco Pet Tornado in action at www.youtube.com.  Item #80953, great for kids age 5+. $5.95

Toysmith Magna Buzz
The mystery of magnets. Made out of polished hematite; they bounce off each other & create amazing buzzing sounds. Ages 8+; item #797-380. 

Bamboozlers - cool bamboo puzzles

Bamboo Puzzles How fast can you disassemble and reassemble the Bamboozlers? 3 styles: #6499A, diamond shape, or #6499B, square shape; specify style when ordering please. Ideal for ages 8+ to adult.  $5.95

Why Bamboo? Bamboo is a large grass that grows quickly in different climates around the world. It is an ideal, sustainable, plentiful and eco-friendly species to replace wood, which will help make our earth greener and last longer.

Krooom 3D Puzzles
Amazing pieces of art that will challenge kids and bring happiness when completed. Designed for children's safety, free from hazardous substances. Krooom puzzles are lightweight, strong & sturdy - made from recycled post-consumer paper. Simple designs and "no-tools required" assembly.
Waterproof coating.

original Hoberman - boxedThe Original Hoberman Transforming Sphere
"It's a classic invention."  
Magically expands with a burst of color from 9½" to 30".  Includes a "21 cool things to do" game sheet, and educational booklet. At Hoberman, they combine creative designs with precision engineering to create products that delight the eye, stimulate the mind and introduce the unexpected. We hope you enjoy this toy as much as we do!   For ages 4 to 104!   $39.95

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4M Thinking Kits provide fun learning and help develop curiosity, problem solving skills and fine motor skills. This big floor puzzle and 3D jungle figures will provide hours of imaginative play.  $16.95

wind-up action & puppets

B. Wheeee-Ls Soft Cars
Chunky, adorable toy vehicles suitable for newborns and up. Your little one can pull the vehicles back and release them to self propel. Each of these toy cars sports a different color and shape, and makes different sounds. The car rings, the truck chimes, the racer rattles and the taxi squeaks, so these baby toys are ideal for developing your little one’s auditory and motor skills.  $8.95 each

creativity inspiring Folkmanis® puppetsFolkmanis - The world-famous, award-winning brand has been recognized by nearly every parenting publication as one of the best toys of the year, including Parents, Child, FamilyFun, Parenting, Nick Jr., and Baby Talk. The overwhelming reason: kids (and adults) love them and can’t put them down. Stop-in to see out new collection of Folkmanis puppets. Made in USA since 1976.

Folkmanis puppets hang out with our books!

baby chicks - another fine Folkmanis finger puppetLittle Chick - Finger puppets
by Folkmanis
#5544, $5.50

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bunny finger puppet (Jack Rabbit)Jack Rabbit Finger Puppet
by Folkmanis
#5545, $7.00

(Please respect our web-order minimum: $10 + freight)

Dutch Rabbit (mini)Dutch Rabbit Finger Puppet
by Folkmanis
#5556, $7.00

(Please respect our web-order minimum: $10 + freight)

fire-fly-finger-puppet.jpg (7778 bytes)Firefly finger puppet by Folkmanis
Firefly guaranteed to light up 50,000 times! That’s 140 times a day for a year. Shiny wings, and cute expression, and what child does not love fireflies? Firefly, 6” long x 2½” wide, $11.00 (out of stock)

(a basket of) OpossumOpossum Finger Puppet
by Folkmanis
#5549, $7.50 (out of stock)

hand puppets see below

"If you do not see the critter you are looking for, give us a call...we may have just what you are looking for." toll free: 1-866-818-6295

Other Folkmanis finger puppets in our collection include: chipmunks, porcupine, Gray squirrel, tortoise, monkey, zebra, monarch, barn owl, praying mantis, walrus, giraffe, brown mouse, skunk, fox, lion, flying pig, mini Dutch rabbit, brown rabbit, opossum.

elephantElephant hand puppet 20" long, flexing trunk action, workable mouth,  #2534.  $46. (out of stock)

harbor sealHarbor Seal - hand puppet - 19" tall workable mouth, #2537. $34. (out of stock)

jack rabbitJack Rabbit - hand puppet 21" tall, workable mouth, movable head and arms, back opening, #2429. $36.  (out of stock)

ravenRaven Puppet by Folkmanis (makes a guest appearance at JJ Cardinal's - hanging out on the front counter). 12" x 12" x 14" tall.    $22.00  (out of stock)

great companion to new children's book: Merry Christmas Crow

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too fun

Channel Craft logo - quality toys made by some creative folks right here in America!

Classic Toy Tin Series -- Nostalgic Toy Tins
Featuring classic games from our childhood...favorite “Retro” toys just $9.95 each, and packaged in heavy-duty storage tin: 5” x 3-5/8” x 1-5/8” (attractive tins keeps all play pieces together - perfect for storing at Grandma's house). Proudly made in the USA.


tiddly winks

Tiddly Winks in a Classic Toy Tin
36 Winks and 6 Shooters in 6 colors, 1 Scoring Platform & 20 page Handbook. Made in USA.


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Jumping Jacks in a Classic Toy Tin
This nostalgic, classic game of Jumping Jacks you'll remember from your childhood. It contains five brass and five nickel jacks, two balls, and a 20- page handbook included. Made in USA.



Marbles in a Classic Toy Tin
Whether you've lost your marbles (and seeking a replacement set) or starting a new collection, we can help!  48 assorted Marbles, 2 Large Shooters & 20 page Handbook. Vintage collectable tin storage container. Made in USA.

It's called: "slotter" Slotter
Play more than 20 classic tabletop coin games with this unique contraption including basketball, baseball, football, hockey and many more! It includes the official SLOTTER, flip card and complete instructions. $6.95

Flippin' Birds
Highly addictive bird flipping table-top game of dexterity and skill for 2 players. A flick of the finger will send each Flippin' Bird  towards the cup...much like "tidily winks" only better!  Includes 8 Bird playing pieces (4 of two different species) and instructions. For Ages 8 and up.  Made in USA.  $4.95

pickup sticksAuthentic American Wooden
Pick-up Sticks

Contains: gaming instructions, 25 - 3/8” in diameter birch sticks, and handy canvas carrying pouch. And yes, authentic American means: Made in USA.  $7.95

Family Tree Parchment Kit by Channel Craft
Research and chart your Family Tree with this DIY kit. Relative leaves, artistic Family Tree on aged parchment, glue dots and instructions included. Made in USA. $7.95

Hardwood Throwing Top
by Channel Craft
Toy Jar with Color Canvas Pouch with Maple Throwing Top, 1 Throwing String, String Winder, & 20 page Handbook on history, throwing techniques & top tricks. #TPHCC  $9.95

"Did you know...?"
Tops have been found on all continents except Antarctica; original tops were typically crafted from natural items like acorns.

Metal Jax Set
by Toysmith - 10 metal jax & ball. Game instructions. Ideal for those 5+ yrs of age.  (Choking hazard for younger children - adult supervision recommended.) Item #9467.
$2.95 sold out

Need a refresher on how to play? 
See: "How to Play Jacks" http://www.wikihow.com/Play-Jacks

Maple Landmark - quality woodcraft products made right here in the greater US of A!Maple Landmark Woodcraft of Vermont
Quality wooden toys and projects constructed by dedicated craftspersons right here in the greater US of A. 

American Made to American Standards - While much is being made of the dangers of imported products, there are alternatives. Maple Landmark crafts a wide range of wooden toys, games, and gifts following American standards of product safety, employee safety, and environmental protection. The shortcuts of doing it any other way are not what Maple Landmark is about. These toys provide the best in hands-on learning and exploration. Surely it is becoming an electronic world but children still need to learn basic manipulation and construction.

Maple topsMaple Tops
by Maple Landmark Toys - Vermont, USA. Simple 1-3/8" diameter, available in red, blue or green. Amazing: trees are grown, harvested, transported as lumber, milled and turned, sanded, painted, packaged, and shipped to our store - where you can get 'em for the insanely low price of just $1.39 each.

(Minimum web/charge card order: $10 + shipping)

Maple Landmark whale puzzleMaple Landmark whale puzzle
11 large interlocking pieces cut from 1/8" hardwood plywood. Each puzzle measures about 11" high and 12" long. Brightly colored and detailed designs are printed right on the wood so the images don't scratch off with lots and lots of play. Drawstring pouch included for safekeeping. $13.95. For ages three and up; Made in the USA.

Maple Landmark elephant puzzleMaple Landmark  elephant puzzle
10 large interlocking pieces cut from 1/8" hardwood plywood. Each puzzle measures about 11" high and 12" long. Brightly colored and detailed designs are printed right on the wood so the images don't scratch off with lots and lots of play. Drawstring pouch included for safekeeping. $13.95. For ages three and up; Made in the USA.

chess setChess
Made in the USA by Maple Landmark Woodcraft. The Basic Chess Set is complete with 15" square by 3/8" thick hardwood board and 32 chess men. And what is really cool is each playing piece has its corresponding move pattern engraved its bottom. Maple "light" and cherry "dark" pieces measure approximately 1" square at the base and range from 1¼" to 2¼" tall. #50316. $52.00

Chinese checkers - a game from Maple Landmark WoodcraftChinese Checkers
A game for two to six players. Made in the USA by Maple Landmark Woodcraft. Solid cherry board 11½" diameter. Choking hazard for children under age three. Includes complete game instructions, $37.95 sold out

Maple Cribbage with Cardinal
Solid maple continuous cribbage board features an illustration of a Northern Cardinal pair by the late, great Roger Tory Peterson. The board has two street by 120 hole configuration, pegging out holes, game counter holes, and a closable peg storage compartment on one end. This board measures approximately 4" wide by 14" long by 3/4" thick. Pegs (3 pegs of 2 different colors may vary) and instructions are included. Pegs are finished with a color dye stain and sealed with teak oil. Comes shrink wrapped. $22.95

Colored Shape Stacker by Maple Landmark Woodcraft
The colored Shape Stacker introduces 5 educational concepts. Colors: each shape is one of six rainbow colors. Shapes: the shapes are a triangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, and circle. Names: each of the shapes have the name of the shape engraved in the side. Numbers: each piece has a number engraved on the top: triangle has 1-2-3, square 1-2-3-4 and so on. Patterning: lightest to darkest colors, smallest to largest size. The stacker also helps little ones work on their gross motor skills and provides wonderful tactile experiences. Made from solid hardwood maple, each piece is finished with water based dye stain colors and sealed with a non-toxic clear coat. The entire stack measures just shy of 5" tall (each piece is ¾" thick) and the largest shape: circle is 5 ½" across. The dowel to hold the pieces is a hefty 1" thick. $26.95 (sold out)

Maple Landmark tic-tac-toeTic-Tac-Toe - The maple board is approximately 4½" square, with a clearcoat finish for protection and durability. Colorful pegs, die-cut squares, model #50105. Made in USA. $10.95


Color CubeLearn Colors with Color Cube by Maple Landmark Woodcraft - This is an easy take-along game for entertaining. There is more than one solution. #50240, 2-3/8” square. Made in USA. $10.95  sold out

Maple Landmark "mites" - cool little wooden carsMites
Made by Maple Landmark Toys, in Middlebury, Vermont, USA. Collect all 6 handsome little cars and trucks. 100% wood - finishes and paints are non-toxic and cars come "poly-bagged" (to ensure freshness....ha!). Each car is approx. 3 to 3½" long; ideal to tote anywhere or leave behind in Grandma' toy chest. Select from: sporty red jeep or blue fastback convertibles, yellow or green sedans, black panel truck, or the mighty red dump truck. Just $4.95 each.

(Please respect our web-order minimum: $10 + freight) 

Etch A Sketch - Classic
For more than 50 years, children and adults have discovered the magical world of creativity and pencil-free drawing with Classic Etch A Sketch! The iconic frame, easy-to-use knobs, classic magic screen and shake-to-erase feature — not to mention the endless hours of fun it provides. This big floor puzzle and 3D jungle figures will provide hours of imaginative play.Thinking Kits provide fun learning and help develop curiosity, problem solving skills and fine motor skills. This big floor puzzle and 3D jungle figures will provide hours of imaginative play.e made it popular all around the world! Sketch, erase, and sketch again with Etch A Sketch.  Recommended for creative minds 3+ yrs of age.

Harrisville Designs (logo)Harrisville Designs was established in 1971 to preserve the textile heritage and economic vitality that had sustained the village of Harrisville, NH since 1794. Beginning with a line of high quality woolen handweaving, HD soon branched out into handweaving and equipment: "Friendly Loom Products" to introduce children to the joys of working with their hands. Harrisville Designs potholder loomPotholder Loom
Includes sturdy metal loom, 100% cotton loops, metal looping hook, and enough loops to make two potholders. Kids love to make potholders. Made by Harrisville Designs - right here in the USA. $16.95

Potholder Loom Deluxe (new size kit) Contains enough materials to make six pot holders, $26.95


Giggle Garden Ball™
by Simply Bright Starts™
The soft textures, natural materials and sweet chiming sounds of this plush ball will keep baby’s senses engaged. When baby rolls the darling 6” plush ball, the chime makes a sweet, soft chime sound. Encourage baby’s gross motor skills to follow after the fun. The natural wood teethers provide safe teething option for baby. Recommended for age 3 months and up. $28.95

supplies: potholder-loopslarge size!Bag ‘O Cotton Loops
Contains enough loops to make two colorful potholders, or may be used to make more knotted scarves. For use with Potholder Looms (above). 100% cotton, and made in USA!  $7.50 (enuf to make 2 pot holders)

Large Cotton Loopefill packs: loops for eight pot holders! $19.95

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But where are the famous GoodPlanet™ bird house and bird feeder kits? (See the bottom of the page.)
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click here to see more kits

J.J.'s dino-land

Golden Books: DinosaursGolden Guide: Dinosaur
A classic guide for all ages. Paperback, 160 pages, full color illustrations. $6.95


Dinosaur OrigamiDinosaur Origami
Create your own fun dinosaur world with painted dino patterned paper. Place them on the unique pop-up play scene provided. For age 5+ with adult assistance.  $6.95
Wind-Up DinosaursWind-Up Dinosaurs
Build your own wind-up dinosaurs. Make a dino race across a table top, it's simple!  And fun to play.  Kit makes 4 dinos - ideal for ages 3+.  $12.95
Dig A DinosaurDig A Dino Skelton
STEGOSAURUS (blue box) included - plaster block & excavation tools to help dig out the skeleton just like a real archeologist. Assemble and display your findings!  Very cool.  Recommended for ages 5+.  $12.95

Also available:
TRICERATOPS (green box)

Dinosaur WorldDinosaur World
Build your own dinosaur using interlocking pieces....paint & assemble three one-of-a-kind creatures. Perfect for ages 5+.  $9.95
dino figures that glow-in-the-darkGlow in the Dark Dinosaur - Species Vary
Glow in the dark dinosaur figures that stand approx 9" x 4"  They are squishy & stretchy! $5.95 each
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rocks & minerals

start a rock collection today! Start a rock collection, today!
All rocks: $1.50 each

(From right to left, top to bottom)
top row - quartz point, tumbled jasper, fuchsite, rough rose quartz, pyrite (fools gold!);
2nd row from top: chalcopyrite (peacock rock), rough orange calcite, tumbled sodalite, hematite, amethyst cluster;
middle row: chrysocolla, citrine, rubellite tourmaline, sandstone, orchid calcite;
4th row from top: banded agate, red tiger eye, tumbled adventurine, copal amber, jasper;
bottom row: silicon, fluorite, amethyst point, blue kyanite, snowflake obsidian.

Another great product from Mother Nature!
Each piece varies in shape & size - how big are they? Think golf ball-size.
Velvet pouch - ideal for holding your treasure - $1.50

(Minimum web/charge card order: $10 + shipping)

Golden Guide: Rocks, Gems & MineralsA Golden Guide to Rocks, Gems and Minerals
Fully revised, and easy-to-use guide to the most common kinds of rocks and minerals with fascination information. 160 pages, $6.95

great collector's box for rocks! (and other neat stuff)Collector’s Box
Heavy-duty clear plastic box with 17 compartments is perfect for rock collecting. Includes cards for each slot to write in name of specimen when collected. Length 10½" Width 7" Depth 1¾". $9.95 

Audubon's Guide to FossilsAudubon Society Guide to Fossils
Photographs organized visually by their subjects color with thumb tab index makes identification quick and easy. Twice as many descriptions and color plates as any other guide. 850 pages, $19.95

National Audubon's guide to Rocks and MineralsAudubon Society Guide to Rocks and Minerals
Photographs organized visually by their subjects color with thumb tab index makes identification quick and easy. Twice as many descriptions and color plates as any other guide. 850 pages, $19.95

Glow Crystal Growing Kit
Grow your own crystals and place them in special display cases.
From Toysmith. $9.95 each.

Kidzlabs - grow your own geodes! Get creative with this fun activity. Grow your own beautiful crystal geode with this fun and exciting chemistry experiment. Educational & fun to do. Makes a great gift for kids age 4+.  Make beautiful crystals - another great activity to do with your friends!  $14.95
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More books & reference >

Petoskey-stone....made in Michigan  see Petoskey Stone Polishing Kit below  >

explore-more...and dig dirt!

the original Audubon birdcallsAudubon Bird Call
simple device ideal for attracting a variety of species. How does it work? Twist the birchwood roller on the zinc plug, and an audible "squeak" resonates. With reasonable care, and periodic re-application of rosin from the included capsule, the call will last a lifetime. Made in USA! $7.95

(Please respect our web-order minimum: $10 + freight)
see also, other bird calls available at JJ Cardinal's >

butterfly habitat - small  (some call it a "bug tent")Butterfly Habitat
Small: 6½" x 5¼". Synthetic mesh is washable. The zippered opening allows access inside, and carrying handles help transport valuable contents. Great for raising & observing butterflies, and small insects.  $8.95
Moth, Butterfly & Critter HabitatLarge Sized Butterfly & Critter Habitat
Features large 24" x 12" x 12" chamber, super-fine mesh screening for excellent ventilation and keeping out parasites, one side is clear vinyl for easy viewing of contents, and large all-around side zipper for easy access and cleaning. Folds into a compact little package when not in use. $18.95
butterfly habitatMedium Sized Butterfly & Critter Habitat
Washable, super-fine mesh screening for excellent ventilation, zippered opening, with carrying handles, and large viewing window. Shaped like a cube: 11½" x 11½" x 11½".  $14.95
Critter Case by Toysmith
A temporary & easily cleanable observation case for "touchable insects". 7½" long x 5½" wide x 6" tall. Item # 4045. For ages 5+. 
"wee-wittl""Wee Wittl" (as in little, the way a child may say it)  Nature House
by Tweber
Made in the USA out of hardwood, stainless steel screening, and has a rugged earthy green nylon carrying strap. Red plug (front door) allows access into and out of the chamber. 4½" x 2¾" x 2¾".
butterfly net (catch, observe, release)Wooden Children's Butterfly Net
After observing your butterfly and insect friends, carefully release them to return to their natural habitat. Age eight and up, 10-inch diameter, $12.95
Tweber bug netsHeavy Duty Insect/Butterfly and Pond Nets
Made in the USA by Tweber
These nets are perfect for the pond or for catching butterflies. They are high-quality, rugged, easy to grip, and flexible. They feature a spring steel wire hoop and strong nylon netting.

Available in two sizes:
-- white net, 10" diameter, 17" hardwood handle, $14.95;
-- safety glow orange or green net, 6" in diameter, 12" hardwood handle, $8.95.

big bunch butterfliesBig Bunch of Butterflies
A big bunch of monarchs, swallowtails, blue morphos, and painted ladies. 1½" x 1½" x 10".
Raise Praying Mantis!
Praying mantis are considered “beneficial” because they eat insects that often become garden pests:
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aphids, scale, spider mites, white flies, etc. Praying mantis egg pods contain 50 upward to 300 mantis eggs, which will hatch, spread and offer protection around your garden and yard. Complete instructions are included for the gardener and for those wishing to raise a mantis as a "pet". Typically available January through May; More info about JJ Cardinal's praying mantis and other "beneficial insects" (on our "garden page") >>


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kits & projects

side view of Mother Nature Press kitMother Nature Press

Flower Press kits contains 8 blotter papers, 3 cardboard separators, wood panels top & bottom, 4 wing nuts, 8 washers, 4 long bolts. Made in USA.

2 sizes:
medium 5.75" square $16.95 
large 7-7/8" square $21.95
(small version not shown $13.95)

"Enviro Shopping Bag" Enviro Shopping Bag
You'll be able to stencil patterns and create a unique canvas enviro shopping bad designed by you with this nifty kit that includes stencils, paints and cool ideas! Help save the Earth by using fewer plastic bags the next time you shop.  Ideal for ages 3+. $10.95

kaleidoscope kitNature Kaleidoscope
Kit Contains: kaleidoscope parts, assembly directions, 2 nature drawings to color, colored pencils, dried flowers and leaves, polished gemstones, glass marbles, and minerals!
Handcrafted in the USA, for age seven and up, and only $14.95 (sold out)

"Please respect our web-order minimum: $10 + freight"

Perhaps...you're wondering why we have a minimum order policy?  It's simple economics - by the time we process an order, package and ship the item we have incurred salary costs, credit card transaction fees, facilities costs (heat, lights, phone, a/c, insurance, snow shoveling, lawn mowing, etc.).  While we love to accommodate smaller orders with the same degree of enthusiasm and professionalism as we treat all customers, there comes a point where we need to ensure our survival.  For us, that's $10.

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Solar Print KitSolar Print Kit
Contains everything you need to make your own solar prints including sun-sensitive paper, blank note cards, stencils, frames, and complete instructions. $14.95

Sun Art PaperSun Art Paper Kit
This kit use the energy from sunlight and water to create a shadow print on sun-sensitive paper. Natural objects like flowers, leaves, shells or some man-made objects are all you need to make beautiful and unique prints. Includes 15 - 4" x 6" sheets of paper and a clear acrylic sheet to hold your art in place. Ideal for adults and kids age 6+.   Made in the USA!  Item #88050. $9.95

Petoskey stone polishing kitsHand Polish a Petoskey Stone Kit
JJ Cardinal's famous program is now available "to-go"! Kit includes everything you need to hand-polish a Petoskey stone in one handy little kit. Contains:

  • Petoskey stone slab (from Michigan!)
  • Wet/dry sandpaper (220, 400 and 600 grit)
  • Polishing cloth
  • Polishing powder
  • Complete instructions

All you need is water, a thick towel, a shallow plastic plate, and in no time, you’ll have a lustrous stone with the familiar six-sided Petoskey image. Polishing the Petoskey stone would be a great group or classroom project. $6.00 each 

bird call squeaker kitBird Call Squeaker Kit
For many, many years JJ Cardinal has conducted a fun event teaching young people about the communication techniques birds utilize. Now this "class" is available in a kit form: our famous Bird Call Squeaker!

By twisting the wood dowel into the hole of the handle of the birdcall, you will produce a squeak most birds find irresistible. Contents: Wood dowel, Wood Handle, Neck strap, Vial of powdered rosin, Small square sand paper. Made in Michigan. $6.00 

[see also: our selection of professionally manufactured bird call devices >> ]

Live butterfly gardenLive Butterfly Garden
Watch and learn as your tiny butterflies turn into beautiful butterflies. Kit includes sturdy reusable airy butterfly garden chamber, certificate for five live butterflies that are delivered to your doorstep, butterfly food, and complete care instructions bursting with fascinating information.  $24.99

(Live butterfly larvae sent by manufacturer in 7-10 days, additional $5 handling charge.)

Giant butterfly gardenGiant Butterfly Garden
Watch the miracle of metamorphosis ten times! Giant sized habitat has super, see-through mesh. Certificate for ten free caterpillars and food ($5.00 s/h fee is all that is required) delivered right to your door. Reusable pop-up habitat stands on a table or hangs from its handy Velcro carry handle. Folds flat for easy storage when not in use. 18" tall and includes BONUS Butterfly Lifecycle Figures. $29.99

(Live butterfly larvae sent by manufacturer in 7-10 days, additional $5 handling charge.)

frog lifecylesFrog Life Cycle Stages by Insect Lore
Accurate lifecycle replicas of some popular creatures. $4.95 each

[to toptop] ladybug land kitCuriosity   - Lady Bug Land
From Insect Lore: a live ladybug kit that shows children the four life stages of the ladybug: egg, larva, pupa and beetle. Price includes live ladybeetles. Learn, raise, release. Enjoy.  $19.95 

wooden GoodPlanet kits (bird houses & feeders)

If you would like to schedule an event for your scout group, child's birthday party please give us a call.
Programs can be held at our store or at your location - assuming you're "local" to our area. Call Louise for info (810-695-8733).

Bird House Kits - by Good Planet

Bluebird houses are Ideal for bluebirds but enjoyed by chickadees, nuthatches and other cavity nesting birds too (entry hole 1½" diameter.). Design features: solid wood (pine or cedar), easy-open clean-out, plenty of ventilation to keep your house cool & drainage slots to keep it dry. Predator guards make it difficult for some critters to raid the box and damage eggs by extend the reach - they are effective so we include them on most all bird houses that we make. Kits are pre-cut, pre-drilled, with screws, nails, closure latch, sandpaper, and illustrated assembly plans. Tools typically required (not included): hammer, Phillips head screw driver. Note: Wood parts may contain knots and splinters.

courage not required
solid cedarpineFlat Top Bird House Kit by GoodPlanet - includes solid wood pieces pre-cut, pre-drilled, lightly sanded, illustrated instructions, screws, nails, closure latch, & tiny sandpaper.

Features: side panel clean-out, roof vents, drainage slots, & attached predator guard. Finished dimensions: 10¾" x 5½" x 7" entry hole 1½" diameter. Tools required (not included): hammer, Phillips head screw driver. A great project for all ages!

Available in 3/4" pine $24.95  or cedar $26.95
click to download .pdf file - instructions for building a GoodPlanet Flat Top Bird House Kit[pssst: the top-secret building plans for Flat Top Bird House Kit are right here]

bird house builders


We had a special session just for this family (grandma and three grandkids back in 2010) so they could make their Dad a special gift: a GoodPlanet Flattop Bluebird House. The children took turns decorating all surfaces before taking turns in its assembly. We’re sure this is something the Dad will treasure forever!

bat house kitBat House Kit from Coveside Conservation
Features a simple, single chamber that holds up to 20 bats. Features an extended landing pad anGet creative with this fun activity Grow your own beautiful crystal geode with this fun and exciting chemistry experiment. Educational & Fun to do. Makes a great gift for kids age 4+ Make beautiful crystals Great activity to do with your friends creative with this fun activity Grow your own beautiful crystal geode with this fun and exciting chemistry experiment. Educational & Fun to do. Makes a great gift for kids age 4+ Make beautiful crystals Great activity to do with your friendsn interior covered with screening to provide bats with a maximum foothold. Also includes echolocation slot to help the bats locate the cavity. It's a great educational tool for all ages. It comes with easy-to-follow instructions and information about bats, pre-cut solid pine and all the hardware required (nails & mounting hanger). Overall dimensions: 16"h x 8"w x 3¾"d. Boxed - great for shipping. Made in the USA. $28.95


build a great feederThe Fly-Thru Feeder Kit from GoodPlanet™ is a great general purpose feeder which can be hung or pole mounted. Just pour in a few cups of seed to attract a wide array of birds: cardinals, nuthatch, woodpeckers, goldfinch, chickadee and more! Featuring solid ¾" pine or cedar. Pre-cut parts, solid all-screw-assembly, holes pre-drilled, and edges lightly sanded. Finished dimensions: 9" x 5½" x 5¼". Made in USA. $16.00

plans for above kitclick to download .pdf file - instructions for building a GoodPlanet Fly-Thru Feeder Kit Here are our "not-so-top-secret" assembly plans for Fly-Thru Feeder Kit shown above.

Nesbitt - a chickadee roosting box kit from GoodPlanet™Nesbitt: our chickadee roosting box kit

Provide a warm shelter for chickadee and nuthatch with this fun little kit featuring minimal ventilation to keep box warm. Hardwood perch inside; front opening clean out panel. Solid cedar parts are pre-cut, routed, lightly sanded, and holes pre-drilled. 7¼" x 6¼" x 7". For all ages capable of using a Philips head screw driver (not included). Detailed assembly instructions. Made in the USA. $21.95


We also stock ready-made
Roosting Boxes; see our
"houses" page >

plans for the Nesbitt - see leftclick to download .pdf file - instructions for building a GoodPlanet's Nesbitt Chickadee Roosting Box Kitu Feeder Kit.pdf file for plans to assemble the Nesbitt Chickadee Roosting Box Kit shown left.

The Nesbitt: the history of this roosting box
This is a story about Farnsworth T. Nesbitt. He was born in 1890 in Calumet, MI. Nesbitt had an interest in birds at an early age, but studied his favorites, the boreal and black-capped chickadee his entire life. Professionally he was a librarian in Calumet.
Farnsworth T. Nesbitt - the 'T' is for TobiasNesbitt was the first person to notice and document chickadee roosting behavior. At night the chickadees would roost inside the hundreds of small holes made by woodpeckers in his log home. These holes were oval spaces not much larger than the chickadee itself, and most nights the chickadees would return at the same time to settle in for the evening. Because the chickadees seemed to depend on the holes, Nesbitt could never bring himself to plug them. In 1930, Nesbitt’s love of the bird caused him to lead a strong campaign to make the black-capped chickadee Michigan’s state bird, but he was unsuccessful. In 1931 the American robin won the distinction. And so we dedicate this simple chickadee roosting box to Farnsworth Tobias Nesbitt. His observations helped us in the design, and its size. We recommend you place one or two (or hundreds) around or on your home to provide a warm spot for chickadees.

Note/confessional: Ok, we'll fess-up...Nesbitt is a fictitious character. But he is based on bits and pieces of information about chickadees, roosting behavior, and the people who have observed and written about them.

1/2 of a cob of corn fits this cute-lil-squirrel-feeder perfectly!Cute Little Squirrel Feeder Kit - a great, simple but effective little feeder ideal for a quick project. Build it in less than one-half-hour - and that includes the time it takes to dig out your Phillips-head screw driver! Cob corn is secured by "spike" - we use just a 1/2 corn cob 'cuz it's just a lil' feeder. Fasten to post, deck or tree. 6" tall x 3" wide x 3¾" deep. Crafted out of solid cedar - sometimes poplar or pine.
Only $4.95 each.
cob corn: $3.95/doz. (about 5 lbs. of corn - see our seed page for details)

[more photos: Kits being assembled @ October 2005 Story Hour]

now available in cedar and pine


click to download .pdf file - instructions for building a GoodPlanet Cute Lil Squirrel Feeder Kit [pssst: the top-secret .pdf building plans for our Cute Lil Squirrel Feeder Kit are right here]

just who is this "J.J. Cardinal"?

J.J.'s Tip for kids
Stay curious, be constructive, and always seek out positive aspects of all things and all people.  Oh...and try not to pester your parents too often to bring you to J.J. Cardinal's. Just do good things around the house, clean your room. Rewards come to those most deserving.

you supply the oranges - fruit lovin' birds will supply the fun. How simple is that?Two-sided Fruit Feeder Kit by GoodPlanet
Kit is made from solid pine or cedar, edge sanded and pre-drilled. Stands 10" tall, 5½" wide. Roof spans 3-3/8". Holds halved fruit on 3/8" diameter hardwood spikes with perches. Includes screws and eye-hook for hanging.  $9.95 

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how to order...Okay, admittedly we're "low-tech" - but what we do, we do well, swift, accurate and honest. Your order should be in transit in less than 24-hours, often same day. See our orders page for more info regarding shipping carriers & nominal shipping charges

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When visiting those "web-only" sites that are filled with all sorts of mindless merchandise, we often find they have used our fine photographs to merchandise stuff they sell. In most cases we take pictures of products ourselves. We don't farm it out to some foreign webdesign shop. Louise sets up a tiny "photo-shoot" studio in her itty-bitty backroom, and SNAP. So anyway, this web-monkey gets a bit disturbed when they rip off our pictures. Its not really good for their karma - not the sort of thing their parents taught 'em.  Still, we're delighted you made it this far...the bottom of a really long page filled with toys we actually have in-stock, and selected to offer in our store....to customers who are our friends...because the product has some redeeming value. We hope you feel the same way about J.J. Cardinal's - and thanks for letting us "vent".  

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12830 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, MI  48439  810-695-8733
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