leaves (not too crunchy)
Red leaf, yellow leaf / Ehlert, Lois
What Kids Do:
Some kids actually made leaf rubbings:
Hindsight Tip: Be sure to reassure parents that the traditional leaf rubbing project is only one way for the kids to interact with the materials. You might want to mention some of the other possibilities that they might try (see above) and reiterate that those activities are all acceptable ways to interact with the materials provided.
Variations to try:Bring in pine needles, a greater variety of leaves or feathers if you want to add more variety.
Related App: Leafsnap -- one feature of this nicely-designed free app is that you can take a photo of a leaf and it will tell you what tree it came from and information about that tree.