If you chose to create your substitute binder from scratch, I highly recommend this blog post. The post includes step by step instructions and tips, along with photos which I found to be very helpful. The post is also filled with a lot of free downloadables that you can easily print off to use.
I printed this resource off and included it in my substitute binder. These 10 filler activities are great if my planned lesson doesn't take up the whole time or as a reward for well behaved classes. I like that these activities are simple and quick to complete. Additionally, these games require thinking rather than just mindlessly filling time.
Don't just take my word for it, look at why these teachers also agree that planning ahead for sick days is vital. I like that this resources provides testimony from real teachers on why sub planning is important. In addition, it highlights some of the best pre-made sub packs on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Here is another great Teachers Pay Teachers find. Having to plan ahead for substitute days may seem like a pain and a waste of your limited time, but it will save you from a headache later, I promise. If you don't have time to create your own though, you can purchase this cute template for just four dollars. I like that this product is versatile since it can be used as both a substitute binder or your own personal binder.
I like to turn to Scholastic.com when I don"t know where to start. They always include brief guides to most of my teacher questions, and they came through with my substitute folder dilemma. I wasn't sure what exactly I should include or not include, and this resource gave me a brief checklist that I could follow.