As ANZAC Day falls on a Saturday this year and we are unable to meet collectively to commemorate this day, please see below some activities you can complete at home. This includes making your own lantern for Light up the Dawn service, a poppy made out of patty pans to remember fallen soldiers and some delicious ANZAC biscuits to bake and share as a family.

ANZAC Day Video – 2020

Make An ANZAC Day Lantern

Materials Required

Follow along with Heidi Parkes, our JLC Art teacher as she gives step by step instructions on how to make an ANZAC Day candle lantern. To complete this craft you will need-

  • A 2L milk bottle- washed and dry
  • Permanent markers- red to colour the poppy
  • A tea light candle or small torch
  • Some sand or small pebbles
  • Scissors

ANZAC Day Lantern

  • Cut in half a 2L milk bottle.
  • Wash and dry the bottle.
  • Using permanent markers, either trace or draw poppies on the outside of the milk bottle.
  • Place sand in the base of the bottle
  • Place a tealight candle in the centre of the sand.

ANZAC biscuits


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 125g butter
  • 1/4 cup golden syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water


  1. Preheat oven to 160C (fan-forced). Line baking trays with baking paper
  2. Sift flour and sugar into a bowl. Add oats and coconut and mix together
  3. In a small saucepan heat golden syrup and butter on a low heat, stirring until melted and smooth
  4. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in boiling water, then add immediately to the butter/syrup mixture. Note that the mixture will foam (so fun to watch!)
  5. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture. Stir well
  6. Use an ice cream scoop or tablespoon measure to scoop up the mixture. Form balls with your hands and place on the tray. Flatten the balls gently and allow some room for spreading (as you can see in the photos, they can look very ‘rustic’!)
  7. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes for a chewy biscuit or 15 – 20 for a crunchy biscuit (make sure you watch biscuits carefully if baking a crunchy biscuit to make sure they don’t burn)
  8. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack immediately to cool Traditional Anzac biscuit

ANZAC Biscuits -Gluten free version


  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1 cup gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup flaked almonds
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hot water


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Place butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until melted.
  3. . Combine flour, quinoa flakes, coconut, almonds and sugar in a large bowl. Add butter mixture and hot water. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  4. Roll level tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls. Place on trays, 4cm apart. Flatten slightly with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes, swapping trays halfway through cooking, or until golden. Stand on trays for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve.

Gluten free Anzac biscuit recipe



Using two different sized patty pans, flatten them out halfway, glue the smaller patty pan to the inside of the larger patty pan, simply double side tape your button to the centre of the patty pan and tape the straw to the back and you are done! These poppies look bright and fun in a vase.

For more poppy craft ideas click here

Some of the footage featured in our ANZAC video contains footage from the following sites.

Australia at War 1914-1918

World War sound and effects