I laid out a “drop cloth” (a trash bag that I cut up to be sure it covered the full surface of his toddler table). Then, I grabbed a blank sheet of paper and a piece of foil and pulled up the @kensingtonroyal pic to do my best to match the color scheme.
In an instant, I flashed back to my own preschool education: “Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple—that’s all the colors of the rainbow.” (Well, minus indigo, but we're doing the best we can here.) The Roy G. Biv anthem played in my head as I laid them out line by line on the foil.
Now, the ultimate test: Would my toddler be into it? I brought him over and sat him down. He didn’t resist as I stamped his right hand in the paint and then on the “canvas.” One down. Then, something magical happened. He wanted to do his left hand himself. Before I knew it, I had a Pinterest-perfect craft on the table in front of me. It felt like a beautiful parenting moment. We hadn’t even gotten paint on his clothes!
Two seconds later, I snapped back to reality as my son stamped his hands again and again in the paint, then on the paper (and, subsequently, the thankfully trash-bag covered table)—ruining the beautiful rainbow DIY we’d just laid out. But, as I scrubbed his hands post-craft, I couldn’t help but applaud Kate. With three kids, she’s not a parenting rookie. My guess is she removed the paper instantly post-stamping to preserve Prince Louis’s craft, leaving his work of art (and her memento of this age and time in history) intact.
Will I attempt this craft again in the hopes of getting a “clean” version? Maybe. But I also kind of like the messy result that is part rainbow, part globs of paint all mixed together to the point of turning a purple-y black. (It kind of sums up life right now, no?)
Bottom line, I’m grateful to the duchess for knowing exactly what moms need right now: a mindless—but royally-approved and also beautiful—distraction from the chaos.