I cannot, for the life of me, get this girl to not taste the sand every time she gets in the sandbox. I don't know what it is about the moist, gritty sand, but she sure LOVES to eat it! Come to think of it, she likes to eat dog food too.
It's okay though, just a phase, I'm sure! If she were my first child, I might be a bit more inclined to freak out about something like sand eating, but since she is my sixth child...not so much. I figure there are worse things to eat than sand, right? My other kids have proven that--especially the son ( I won't name names here to protect the innocent) that bent down in the middle of Target, picked up a chewed piece of gum that was stuck to the floor and popped it in his mouth. Same kid also licked the shelf on the check stand at Wal-Mart. He's still living. Still healthy.
I figure the old saying should hold : "God made dirt, so a little won't hurt"