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Will and Kate Show Off Parenting Skills on Skid Row Visit

Celebrity Moms Jul. 10, 2011 AT 6:20PM
Will and Kate Show Off Parenting Skills on Skid Row Visit Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Prince William's comedy tour of North America is, sadly, just about finished!

For their second-to-last engagement in Los Angeles before flying back home Sunday, he and Duchess Kate paid a visit to Inner-City Arts, a program for disadvantaged children in the Skid Row section of downtown L.A.

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After hitting a painting class, the couple joined a small group in a ceramics classroom, where they helped out in the construction of giant, painted clay turtles -- and showed a knack for working with children. See more photos of the royal couple getting artsy.

"Look at the size of that!" William, 29, marveled as he and Kate, also 29, warmly greeted the kids, donned aprons and started getting to work.

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Kate used a scalpal to cut small designs out of the clay for her table's turtle. "Do you come to classes quite a lot?" she asked one child.

William worked on the face of his turtle and playfully asked (to much laughter) his table for feedback. "Should we make it a smiley tortoise? A happy one? A crazy tortoise?" After the group decided the creature should be a boy, William had a good name in mind. "Should we name it Harry?"

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As they crafted the eyes for the turtle, he added: ""Have you guys ever seen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? No? It's a cartoon much cooler than it sounds."

He was proud to show his new wife their handiwork. "This is our turtle. We've named him William!" The Duchess beamed.

The royal couple then placed their handprints in clay squares to sign -- struggling a bit to do so with the hard clay. William soon discovered clay stains on his pants. "I've made a mess, haven't I? It's my own fault for not wearing an apron!"

"I'm having fun," he said before it was time to go. "I could stay here all day. This is brilliant."

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