The choice of patterns
They would need to determine the pattern. Simply put, what kind of toy you will make. Today in Internet you can find options of patterns for soft toys of any complexity with the detailed instruction and description of all stages of work.
Do not rush to choose something really difficult and intricate. First, in this case, you will have to carry the lion's share of the work, and it will be clear to all. The child will remain out of work and will be annoyed. Second, you too may fail. Soft toy — a fairly common hobby, and in his pursuit of perfection, the fans of this kind of needlework made sometimes quite virtuosic pieces. Thirdly, because the gift is not from you and from your son or daughter, give the choice to the kid.
Typically, the instructions attached to the image of the finished toy and a set of patterns, gives a list of the materials that you will need in the process of working on the toy. Again, make choices in favor of simplicity. You should not choose a complex for cutting fabrics that will stretch and crumble.
For simple soft toys to suit different types of cotton fabrics, velvet, corduroy, denim denim. Don't forget about the jewelry, and various kinds of beads, buttons, special "eyes", if you will make any living character or animal, and similar things.
Work on product
In the process of making DIY listen to the child, let him be creative. In the end, velvet purple crocodile — it's not even funny.
Do not forget about safety, especially here it is important to monitor the needles and cutting with scissors. Will correctly organize the process of making toys so that all the "dangerous" types of work performed directly by you.