On average it rains for 133 days of the year in the UK, so you’re living dangerously if you – or your little one – aren’t in possession of an umbrella.

The humble umbrella is such joyful thing – even if their raison d’etre is less so. The shape is amusing, the feel of being beneath one is a comfort and children just adore them, even inside, or when there’s not a cloud in the sky.

The best umbrellas for children should be easy for them to use. This means no stiff open-and-close mechanisms that might be prone to pinching delicate skin.

The handle should be comfortable to hold and they should feel as light as possible. Obviously, they should keep rain out and be robust enough to stand up to precipitation’s moody sibling – strong wind. And crucially – they should be bright, beautiful and lots of fun. Here are our top picks.

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Mountain Warehouse rainbow umbrella: £9.99, Mountain Warehouse

Bringing not only a colour wheel but also some strong retro vibes to rainy days, this polyester umbrella is a delight. It’s sturdy, easy to pop up and not too tricky to take down. It’s 40cm in diameter and the curved handle is comfy for little hands to grip – our three-year-old tester didn’t tire of holding this on a 10-minute walk. Oh, and it withstood the winds of Storm Brendan with ease.

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Rex London red riding hood umbrella: £8.95, Rex London

This is just so sweet. The lovely umbrella with a beautiful vintage design is 65cm in diameter and is very light. Aside from keeping her dry, this bounced back unscathed after our three-year-old tester trod on it by accident.

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Susino kids star clear umbrella: £7.99, Susino

This ticks so many boxes. Firstly, the shape is brilliant – a full dome which comes down over the carrier like a watertight cocoon, leaving little chance for rain to come in thanks to any pesky side winds. The shape makes the transparent PVC canopy necessary – and our four-year-old tester shrieked with joy at the prospect of having something see-through “like magic”. This umbrella is sturdy and durable – brilliant value for money.

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Sass & Belle savannah safari umbrella: £9.50, Sass & Belle

This is a very jolly design with lions, zebras and monkeys – the perfect antidote to rainy days in the UK. Our tester, who is three, found this easy to put up and take down; there was no faffing, straining or drama and we’re pleased to report it stood up against torrential rain and the type of side winds that can blow trees over.

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Jojo Maman Bebe dinosaur colour change umbrella: £12, Jojo Maman Bebe

The standout feature of this brolly is its ability to change colour. Yes, really. All the white dinosaurs become colourful when it rains. The childhood essential becomes even more alluring and toy-like. At 86cm in diameter this is a little larger than the other umbrellas in the roundup, but given how light it is this is no problem in terms of portability – our four-year-old tester managed just fine.

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Clarie’s unicorn PWR umbrella: £6, Claire’s

Best for older children, this umbrella is large in span but can bunch right up into a neat portable package, perfect for stowing away in backpacks and school bags. We love the range of icons in the print – pizza, unicorns and planets. This went up and came down very easily with almost no force needed whatsoever. It is however, very lightweight – we’re not sure how well it would stand up in angry gales but it’s brilliant for unexpected showers.

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Disney Elsa Frozen 2 umbrella: £11.95, Disney

For Frozen fans, we bring good news – there’s more branded goods to be had, this time in the form of an umbrella. But if you thought that such merch was just cheap tat that’s prone to fall apart after five minutes, we have more good news – this is a really beautifully made umbrella that is smooth to put up, simple to take down and made from a tactile rubber that seems to repel rain.

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Skip Hop owl umbrella: £20.20, Amazon

Our tester loved the 3D parts of this brolly – the ears were a source of wonder. The clear plastic sections to ensure visibility while having protection from the rain is a really thoughtful feature. The close and release mechanism was easy and safe for small hands: no fear of trapped or nipped skin.

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River Island unicorn umbrella: £8, River Island

A fabulous dome-shaped umbrella for unicorn enthusiasts, this is strong, robust and offers clear coverage, excellent visibility and a sense of fun. The up-down mechanism is smooth and easy to use with no chance of trapped skin.

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Sunnylife umbrella: £18, Kidly

This jolly brolly covers a youngster’s head and shoulders, keeping out rain and wind – but all the while serving as a sort of costume too. Our five-year-old tester was delighted when she discovered how easy it was to pop up and even happier when she clocked the cute penguin design.

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Fultons funbrella four guards: £14, Fultons

This rotund brolly, which has a 65cm span when open, features a transparent canopy so that little ones can have a clear view all around while completely sheltered from the elements. The opening and closing is smooth – not least because of patented technology designed to prevent injury to small hands. We love the guard motif running around the bottom – perhaps that is what inspired our six-year-old tester to march like a military man.

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The verdict: Kids’ umbrellas

The rainbow brolly from Mountain Warehouse ticks all the practical boxes but is visually a joy to behold.

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