Paraguayan Indians are known for stretching animal skins and making drums. So, drums it was.
I asked the volunteers in the nursery to save their empty 15 ounce soup/veggie cans. I also asked them to remove the wrapper, wash, and dry them for me. We collected about 45 cans in one week's time. I cut off the stem of a balloon and the kids stretched the top of the balloon across the can. Gotta get it really stretched tight or else you get a belly button. Younger children might need help with this part.
They taped a construction paper wrapper around it, used colorful duct tape to hold the top secure, and decorated the wrapper.
This craft is virtually free to make, but beware! It tends to make boys want to drum all the time, and not only on their drum, but also on walls, tables, and their sister's head. Oh, and also, the older kids discovered that by pinching the balloon and letting go, it would make much more noise than if you just tap on it. Great!
Color the Paraguayan flag.