I do a Latin American art project making maracas with the 6th grade. I use
Leggs eggs-- you will have to collect them for a while. Then I hold the end
above a candle flame to soften the plastic enough to allow me to insert a
popcycle stick. Tape in place. Put a few stones or beans inside the egg and
tape shut. Cover the whole thing with paper mache', especially around the
handle joint, and let dry. Paint in traditional colors and designs. I also
have a few other ideas for Latin american art activities and games and
dances. If you would like more send me your snail mail address. Good luck.