As much as I love making hats and anything else that's small, I have made a few toys for my kids. Last year for my daughters second birthday I found a Hippo pattern that I knew she would love.
I found it on the Lion Brand site. Memberships are free and you have access to LOTS of free patterns and great tips. Plus you can see their selection of yarn, buy patterns, plus there are links to many other helpful crochet sites.