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Using Hook Tape with your Trabasack

Using Hook Tape with your Trabasack

A pack of four 30cms hook tapes

Trabasack Hook tapes, 120cms of tape, excellent value.

There are many great uses for your Trabasack and when you’re using it for sensory play or as an entertainment mount for your child’s toys and consoles, you must make use of the fantastic hook tapes which you can buy from the Trabasack website.

If you are the owner of a Trabasack with Connect surface, you’ll already be aware that the soft tray top means you can easily secure devices to it without having to worry about them sliding off. The easiest and safest way of connecting toys and devices to your Trabasack is with Trabasack’s own hook tape.

Why use hook tapes?

Hook tape is basically like Velcro and comes with stick on backing. You get 120cms of self adhesive backed tape, in four handy 30cms lengths. With hook tapes you can secure any device to your Trabasack Connect surface and it’ll remain safe. If your child is a film fan, you can safely secure their DVD player, if you’ve put together a fantastic sensory play scenario, again, you can use hook tapes to ensure all elements stay safe and in place.

Travelling securely with your Trabasack using Hook Tapes

Hook tape is like rough velcro tape

Sensory toys attached with rough velcro tape

Hook tape is great for when you’re out and about because you can secure whatever entertainment device your child wants to play with safely to the tray top and it’ll remain safe as you go over lumps and bumps and even remains in place if you go up and down ramps on and off buses and trains.

The hook tapes can also be great if your child uses their Trabasack in school. Where portable computers, switches and communication aids are used they can easily be stuck into place and used easily throughout the school day and simply removed at the end of it.

The great thing about the Trabasack Connect is its versatility and this versatility is improved tenfold if you make use of fantastic hook tapes whether you’re playing, relaxing or learning.

Travel tray for kids

Travels with Trabasack – a great travel tray for kids

At this time of year it is a good idea to take a travel tray for kids with you when going out and about. If you are planning days out with your children take your trabasack with you. Trabasack is very useful on trips out and holidays, as this blog from Kim shows. Trabasack fan Kim has started a blog about accessible places to go with her sons. Places where she can use her sons buggy easily.

In her latest blog post we were thrilled to see trabasack being used by her son to touch and enjoy animals at a zoo.

“Finding a dry place to eat was at bit hard. I’m not sure if there was an indoor picnic area. We didn’t find one and there wasn’t signs that I could see. We opted to eat under the covered bit outside the toilet block by the play park and eating area. Good job I carry a camping stool and Dude owns a Trabasack which he was able to eat his lunch off. It also came in handy with balancing his animal feed whilst he fed the animals and again when he got the opportunity to hold a snake in the Butterfly House.

Getting around inside the Butterfly House was pretty easy. The staff were great too. Dude collared one when we were looking at the bugs and snakes and asked a million and one questions. He then brought a snake out for Dude to hold which I thought was very kind.”

A great testimonial from a Trabasack customer

A little boy holds a snake at a zoo using his trabasack travel tray on his special needs buggy

Handling a snake on a Trabasack travel tray!

So courtesy of one of our customers who blogs we have access to some wonderful photos of her son using his Trabasack whilst visiting Sheffield’s Tropical Butterfly House. As the photos show, Trabasack is being used in a new way we couldn’t have imagined (a tray table for a snake?!) and it’s easy to see exactly how handy the play tray has been for their family. In fact, she has even said that the Trabasack is ‘the best invention ever’. We are so glad that as a travel tray for kids it is so useful.

 

Travelling with a Trabasack Tray

There are no limits with your Trabasack when it comes to travelling and it provides a great storage space. It’s great for those tricky situations where you need to find somewhere to eat but may be having difficulties with access. You can simply enjoy your lunch or snack whilst your child uses the Trabasack as a handy picnic table. When not using the Trabasack you can simply hang it on the back of your child’s chair or carry it on your own back as a rucksack or over your shoulder as a handy messenger bag, its completely up to you.

Public Transport is no trouble with Trabasack

A little boy looks into an animal cage at the zoo. He uses his trabasack travel tray to rest his hands on

Useful to have a kids travel tray at the zoo!

If you’re using trains and buses you need not worry about Trabasack coming loose or falling off when going up and down ramps as it’s securely attached to the chair by secure straps hooked through its D-rings and there is next to no chance of it falling anywhere.

What are you waiting for? Trabasack is the best travel tray for kids on the market. There are no other trays that function as a bag and play tray that are as robust as trabasack. Fill up your Trabasack with all your treats and snacks and get down to your nearest park or zoo for a fantastic summer picnic!

 

While you are there please send us in a pictures of you or your child using a trabasack. Each pic wins a T shirt! We would love to have more picture of trabasack being used as a travel tray for kids, so please send them in.

How to secure a DVD player to your child’s play tray

Securing a DVD player to a child’s tray

Trabasack fan Evan McMillan loves to watch the F1!

If you are looking for a DVD player tray read on!

If you have a child with additional needs or mobility problems, then there occasions where you may wish for them to have a some time enjoying a DVD or computer game by themselves. Maybe on a long journey in the car or just when you have temporarily run out of games to play and things to do! Most children enjoy watching their favourite programmes and films many times over but adults do not always enjoy the repetition quite as much!

To solve this problem many parents have now bought portable DVD players or use netbooks, Ipads or laptops for their children. So that when the child wants to put on a DVD or pre-loaded film and have some relaxation time, they can enjoy it without the rest of the family joining in. If your child has a trabasack, then they have their own private cinema space right in front of them.

Portable DVD players are great as they mean you can put on whatever film or game your child wants, plug in their earphones and they can really enjoy all the sensory sound effects. It can be difficult to use a DVD player if your child has mobility issues and is a wheelchair user as you need an accessible level surface. Your child would need to stay in one position or use a fixed tray that are often heavy or difficult to get on and off.

 

As the screen of portable DVD players are quite small, they need to be viewed close up. Without a tray or accessible table surface it can be very difficult to watch one balanced on your knee! Potential problems with this are that they can overheat and malfunction or even burn your child’s legs. There is also a real danger of the expensive and delicate DVD or tablet being dropped!

Using a Trabasack as a DVD player tray

 

This is where Trabasack comes in. A Trabasack is a brilliant lap tray that can be easily attached to any buggy or wheelchair and can be used for playtime, snack time and also movie time! Once you have your Trabasack, securing your child’s DVD player in place is very simple.

How to simply secure the DVD player to your Trabasack

With a Trabasack Curve equipped with the ‘Connect’ surface you can easily attach the DVD player with no trouble at all, just follow these simple steps:

Trabasack is being used for a gaming console. Attached with side straps at the armrests.

  1. Attach your Trabasack Connect Curve to your child’s wheelchair, either with ‘side straps’ supplied or by putting the long strap around your child’s waist or the back of the chair.
  2. Place the rough velcro or hook tape on the bottom of your portable DVD player
  3. Place your portable DVD player in position on the tray so your child can see what they need to see clearly and comfortably
  4. Press Play!

As you can see it is a very simple process but garners great results! With the DVD player secured in place you needn’t worry about it getting damaged or falling off and your child can continue to watch their films happily without having to strain or stretch! Many children with special needs have to take long taxi journeys to school and there is no reason why they cannot use a DVD player or laptop during these trips too.

Trabasack is a truly brilliant invention for furthering the happiness of children in buggies and wheelchairs and allows them more independence and enjoyable playing time.

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