Anzac Cookies

It is important to not shy away from talking to children about Anzac Day, but to bring up the conversation in a way that makes them feel safe. At Little Messy learners, we use major holidays as a chance to learn and explore the world around us, so often theme our activities to suit the occasion. Crafts and activities can help introduce conversations on more complex situations, creating a safe space to explore through play.

Anzac Day

We’ve created some special Anzac Day colouring sheets which can be downloaded HERE!

Alternatively, baking Anzac cookies is a great way to celebrate the spirit of the day, through friendship and shared experience! Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War and these cookies were made by the families and wives of troops, to be sent to the front lines.

To make messy play friendly Anzac cookies…


  • 85g porridge oats
  • 85g desiccated coconut
  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g butter, plus extra butter for greasing
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda


Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Put the oats, coconut, flour and sugar in a bowl – this is a great activity for little ones, as measuring and scooping are great for fine motor skills development. Adults should then melt the butter in a small pan and stir in the golden syrup. Add the bicarbonate of soda to 2 tbsp boiling water, then stir into the golden syrup and butter mixture.

Make a small well in the middle of the dry ingredients (again, get little ones to help here using tools like a spoon or spatula!) and pour in the butter and golden syrup mixture. Your child can then stir gently to mix the dry ingredients together.

Splodge spoonfuls of the mixture on to a buttered baking sheet, about 1in apart. It is normal for the biscuits to spread a little.. Bake in batches for 8-10 mins and then move to a wire cooling rack.

Once cooled, the biscuits can be decorated with your favourite toppings adding even more fun to the activity.


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