Life in the Green Lane

Environmental journalist Candice Batista shares video clips and eco-savvy advice from her TV show, A Greener Toronto.

The circus we call the holiday season is almost upon us and if you're like me you're probably wishing it was already over. Don't get me wrong, I love the holidays, but I feel here in the Western world we have somehow forgotten the true meaning of the occasion. I don't buy Christmas cards (what a waste of paper) and I'm not big on gift giving either, too much waste again! This year though, I have found an answer to the age old question: "what to I buy (inset name here) this Christmas?" Buy them the Save Our Species or S.O.S. memory game. Your mind will be challenged and you will discover the incredible and fascinating facts about some of the endangered animals in the world. This game is fun, original and informative, and is a terrific way to inspire children (and adults) to learn more about their environment and how their actions can make a difference. Anouk Bikkers is the co-founder and artist. She drew all the animals on the cards and her pictures are amazing. Her drawings really capture each animal perfectly. The point of the game is to memorize where certain cards are and match them to others. If you turn over two cards of the same animal you win that round and get to read your opponents a bunch of really cool facts about that particular animal. You'd be surprised at what you'll learn. I was. So this holiday season think of a gift that keeps on giving and one that offers more than just the box it came in. Buy this game here: