how to play animal jam

Excited to play Animal Jam but no idea where to start? We explain step-by-step instructions on how to play Animal Jam, and how to make the most of your time in Jamaa! 

How to play Animal Jam

Firstly, if you’re wondering What is Animal Jam? then make sure you check out our awesome article with everything you need to know about the colourful game. If you’re a newly-joined “Jammer” (player) and are looking for some advice on how to play Animal Jam and where to begin – you’ve come to the right place!

Getting started

how to play animal jam

– Visit

– Click “Play now” to play for free.

– Click “Create an animal“.

Creating an animal

how to play animal jam

– Choose what animal you’d like to be, then click “Next“.

– Choose a name for your animal, either by selecting one from each column, or pull the lever to activate the random name generator!

– Fill out your details like your name and birthday and create your Animal Jam username and password – you’ll use these everytime you play Animal Jam.

– Click “Next“.

how to play animal jam

– Ask your parent or guardian to confirm their email address so you can start playing.

– Make sure you give their email address and not your own, in case Animal Jam ever need to contact your parents/guardian about your account.

– Agree to the Animal Jam rules to keep Jamaa a fun and safe place to play.

– Click the “Play” button to get jamming!

Now, let’s learn how to play Animal Jam!

how to play animal jam

Now that you’ve created your animal – here at NG Kids, we just couldn’t resist being a white, fluffy seal! – you’re ready to explore the world of Jamaa!


You’ll find your animal has landed in one of the many “worlds” that make up Jamaa. Move around by clicking on an area you want to move to or using the arrow keys on your keyboard.

Meeting other Jammers

how to play animal jam

Interact with other Jammers by clicking on their name – you can add them as a buddy, visit their den (a Jammer’s house), or chat to them using the text box and emojis at the bottom of the screen.


To visit other “lands“, simply select the globe in the right hand corner of the screen and click on the area you want to explore!

how to play animal jam

When you encounter a new plant or animal species, click it to learn more about it! You’ll unlock fab facts and information to store in your Journey Book to look at later.


You’ll meet all sorts of wildlife in Jamaa, including flamingos, tapirs and honeybees!

how to play Animal Jam

Finding more cool content

While you’re in Jamaa, enter doorways to find rooms and areas where you can play games, buy accessories with “gems” (virtual money you can spend in Jamaa), and meet new Jammers, too.


You’ll even find cool extra content like printable activity sheets to colour in and some awesome National Geographic video content!

how to play animal jam

You can use your gems in exchange for all sorts of cool stuff, like decorating your den, buying accessories for your animal, and even buying your own pet!

And don’t forget to keep an eye out on Animal Jam’s Daily Explorer blog, for more more exciting Animal Jam content!

Do you play Animal Jam? Leave us a comment with your game-play tips below!




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  • Crocodilesnap

  • charlotte the cat

    me and my frends all play it . me ella elsa vilot adela sreana ashley

  • Camille ❤

    I just downloaded it, and already love it!

  • Scarlett Gaskell

    Hi NG kids! I love your magazines! I love playing animal jam as well! Thank you for sending this jam-azing :D guide! Your super fan and subscriber, Scarlett

  • Isabella


  • Hehe


  • Dragoncorn


  • GS

    Can't wait

  • Garvit S


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  • WildSpirit

    I play Animal Jam and it is SUPER fun!!!

  • tigersrock

    On animal jam you can do loads of cool games and adventures! Make sure to check out the cool parties

  • *-*

    i want to play

  • Ellie elephant


  • Petlover

    yay love animal jam

  • Sophie

    wow this looks cool!

  • Jennifer


  • mia

    love it

  • nice one!

  • bananasarerunning

    i love animal jam so much u can buddy me im bananasarerunning

  • wollfy770

    hi im alright and I love wolfs espeshally timber wolfs

  • Annaleyne

    I love animal jam. And ngkids please buddy me my name is xteaganxx oh and everyone else can buddy me

  • lunathe24

    Animal jam is the best

  • Amelia

    I did not like it so much because i could not find the play button.

  • imogen

    i love aj

  • nyando_taco

    what! this looked good but i cannot get it in the app store!!!!!

  • Jessica

    Amazing game :3

  • Kacper

    COOL. Thanks alot NG

  • Mace Mak Moo

    I want to play!

  • V.Bennett

    I love animal jam

  • wb785

    I play Animal Jam! It's so fun and I love the 'Geckos' music!!!

  • love animal jam

  • aj is great

  • I LOVE aj!

  • Hannah

    I play AJ everyday and i like it really much

  • rent24

    i play aj its awesome!

  • zainabpatel

    I rely love this game

  • Angelina

    i all ready got this game!lol

  • Sydney

    I love this game

  • alexasurvivor

    animal jam is an amazing game. I had to get a membership on it.

  • ruiting

    animal jam is amaze!

  • Merriam



    I think that this article should talk about the different alphas and other topics in Jamma.But, overall I think Animal Jam is a great game and I think other people will like Animal Jam just as much as I do.

  • Awsometurtlegirl

    I have always wanted aj and I really want to now I know how to play!

  • Bs04041AJ

    i love aj guys my user is Bs04041 plz trade me my membership just expired

  • SandyZuko

    Cant wait to get started on this awesome game!

  • Awsometurtlegirl

    I have never played it before but I will play it and download it as soon as pos but froggy is right,never trust people you dont know.

  • awsomecupcakes


  • 123Radio rebel

    Animal jam is so fun I looooooooooooooooooove it so so so much I cant wait till I get the update soon I play it everyday because Im addicted to it and its soooooooo fun

  • 123Radio rebel

    I loooooooooooooooooooove animal jam its my jam

  • Mushayeb

    Hello I play Animal Jam and I am a member I do cool stuff I know betas and rares and fair trades but one question... how do I go to the 2010 animal jam?

  • MC-5611

    cool I play it too Im going to be a member soon! can u put more cool stuff for nonmembers plzz !and give more new cool nonmemder dens out! to make it fun!

  • RIRI


  • Glitter91542

    I love animal jam its my favourite game!

  • bo chang

    I would like to thank this website for all the helpful tips to playing animal jam and helps me meet people on this game . This game also allows you to learn different thing that you never knew before.

  • TehDunuDunu

    awesome sauce!

  • Andrea1




  • Ellie99

    love it so much


    im so exited to try it!

  • Rainbowcoolcats

    im Rainbowcoolcats please buddy me or give me animal jam j membership I will gift you in return and trade u cool stuff please

  • amritk


  • Ange

    AJ ROCKS !!

  • bobgtgre


  • frogy73965

    be careful cos some people are not what they seen to be only trust people you know

  • frogy73965

    this is so cool great guide i have played it before but this is a great guide for newcomers by the way this is my first post!

  • Boingo

    Cool. I think Ill try it out

  • kayl0503

    these are pretty cool aj tips,the only thing is i cant play it anymore. someone on aj traded me a cheap-o item for something id spent months to get,i was furious so i told my parents and i quit aj.

  • shell


  • poiuytrewq

    Lets GO

  • LiLi711

    i love AJ

  • eanhughes7

    I love Animal Jam

  • EMH


  • JammerRed36857

    i play animal jam and its great fun especially when you hanging out with your friends and i enjoy playing games and having fun all the time without animal jam i dont know what i would do!


    I LOVE animal jam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am level ten on it

  • Ashur100

    i love animal jam

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