Can we take a moment to appreciate the weird but wonderful accessory known as the umbrella? Rihanna has sung about them. Gene Kelly danced with them. And, of course, we never want to leave the house without them, especially if we live in a place that promises spontaneous thunderstorms. Speaking of rainy days, is there anything more fun than snuggling up with your little one and doing creative activities together? On a rainy day, how fitting would it be to grab some crayons with your little one and color these umbrella coloring pages in the comfort (and warmth) of your own home?
But first, here’s a cool piece of trivia for you: Umbrellas weren’t created for the rain. In fact, umbrellas, which date back to over 3,000 years ago, were first used to block out the sun’s rays. It makes sense since umbrella comes from the Latin word “umbra,” meaning “shade” or “shadow.” Modern-day umbrellas as we know them started to creep into the mainstream in 18th-century Europe. Up until that point, umbrellas were viewed as a female fashion accessory. Although considering the fancy patterns and prints umbrellas still have, we’d say they definitely carry a little fashion panache. Whether you tote them for fashion or functionality — or both — over 33 million umbrellas are sold in the United States each year (and we’d bet that your little one probably has one of their own too).
So, whether your child loves some fashion flair or enjoys Mother Nature, or maybe just has a special fascination with umbrellas, consider these umbrella coloring pages to enjoy on a rainy afternoon. And when you finish filling these printables, dream of brighter days with our rainbow coloring pages, summer coloring pages, flower coloring pages, and sun coloring pages.
Free Printable Umbrella Coloring Pages
Umbrella Page No. 1
February 10th is National Umbrella Day — which is weird, considering it’s in the winter! Maybe it’s because winter is the rainy season in many parts of the country. Regardless, it’s a day to celebrate this clever contraption. Here’s an interesting drop of information: Did you know the word umbrella comes from the Latin word umbros? It means shade or shadow.
Umbrella Page No. 2
Believe it or not, Singin’ in the Rain wasn’t based on a Broadway musical. The iconic 1952 musical romcom starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds was written strictly for the screen.
Umbrella Page No. 3
The waterproof umbrellas we know today were first introduced in the 11th century B.C.E. in China. This version consisted of thin paper coverings coated with wax and lacquer to keep the rain off. And speaking of China, did you know the city of Songxia produces half a billion umbrellas annually? There are more than 1,000 factories in this Chinese port.
Umbrella Page No. 4
Bradford E. Phillips introduced the first folding umbrella patented in North America back in 1969. And like most fashion trends, the foldable umbrella had already launched in Europe about 30 years prior.
Umbrella Page No. 5
The most expensive umbrella comes from luxury Italian menswear brand Angelo Galasso, costing a whopping 50,000 dollars. The glossy umbrella, designed by the brand’s namesake, is made out of waterproof crocodile skin. But, c’mon, doesn’t that just sound like a big waste of money? Especially since everyone loses at least one umbrella per year.
Umbrella Page No. 6
For such a utilitarian design, you’d think no one would try to change or adapt the umbrella. However, people have filed patents for a slew of quirky umbrella ideas, such as an automated sun-tracking umbrella and even a dog umbrella.
Umbrella Page No. 7
There’s an umbrella cover museum in Maine — yes, just the things that your umbrella comes inside of — located on Peaks Island. It’s called the Umbrella Covers Museum, and it numbers over 700 nylon sheaths. So, if you’ve ever lost one (and who hasn’t?), now you know where it is.
Umbrella Page No. 8
According to the Guinness World Records website, the largest umbrella measures 56-feet in diameter and is 36-feet tall. Made by Max New York Life Insurance in India, the umbrella was unveiled at Ishanya Mall at Pune, India, on August 14, 2010.
Umbrella Page No. 9
Rihanna’s hit “Umbrella” was released on March 29, 2007, making us feel very old. And, also, you’re welcome for the earworm. (“Under my umbrella-ella-ella-eh-eh-eh!”)
Umbrella Page No. 10
Parasols are a little different than umbrellas. The word “parasol” comes from the words “parare” (“to shield”) and “sol” (“sun”), and unlike umbrellas, they aren’t waterproof.
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