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If the handle gets too hot, you could pick up some sugru moldable rubberized sticky stuff. Make a colorful silicone rubber grip for the teapot. Very durable and no more burnt fingers.
One suggestion for your fruit picker is either a plastic cup (to catch the fruit) under the hook, or possibly a small net. I think you would also want to glue the elbow joint on - maybe using hot-glue. (?)