We got a bunch of great educational place mats in the dollar bins at Target. One of them shows the planets. I was explaining them to HB tonight at dinner. Here's how it went:
Me: "This one is called Mercury, this one is Mars."(absentmindedly pointing to the second planet).
HB: "No, Mommy. This one is Mars!" (correctly pointing to the fourth planet).
Me: (astonished) "That's right! How did you know?"
HB: (duh-every-body-knows-this tone) "Mars is red, Mommy."
Me: "That's right, honey, Mars is red!"
And that, folks, is a Toddler's knowledge of Astronomy.
As a budding astronomer, HB has also developed a fascination with the moon. We got her Uncle Milton Moon in My Room (a wall-mountable moon that lights up to show the moon phases) and she loves it!